Clinton: Putin holds grudge against me
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Democratic demolition derby Juan Williams: Don't count Biden out Candidates in Obama's orbit fail to capitalize on personal ties MORE said that suspected Russian hacking of Democrats this election cycle likely stemmed from Russian President Vladimir Putin’s grudge against her, sources at her “thank you” party for donors Thursday night told CNN.

Clinton rebuked Putin while she was secretary of State, suggesting that the Russian elections were unfair.

According to an NBC report this week, intelligence officials believe Putin was directly involved in orchestrating the cyberattacks on Democrats, and one senior official told the network that it began as a "vendetta" against Clinton.

Clinton gathered major donors Thursday night in New York for a final “thank you” bash. Guests included Vogue editor Anna Wintour, producer Harvey Weinstein and designer Vera Wang, according to CNN. 


Sources in the room told CNN that she didn’t mention President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpRussian sanctions will boomerang States, cities rethink tax incentives after Amazon HQ2 backlash A Presidents Day perspective on the nature of a free press MORE directly.

But she reportedly said the trove of hacked emails, including messages from her campaign chairman John Podesta that were published by WikiLeaks, contributed to her defeat. 

Calls are mounting from both sides of the aisle and from the White House for investigations into the hacks. Other reporting on the CIA's assessment of the situation suggests that the goal was not simply to undermine the democratic process, but to tilt the election in Trump's favor.