A Bloomberg political reporter asked Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonAttorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty Attorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation Durham seeking indictment of lawyer with ties to Democrats: reports MORE at a press conference Monday if she thought the attacks in New York and New Jersey were orchestrated by “the Russians” to “drive votes to Donald TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE.”
“Are you concerned that this weekend’s attacks or potential incidents in the coming weeks might be an attempt by ISIS or ISIS sympathizers, or really any other group, maybe the Russians, to influence the presidential race in some way and presumably try to drive votes to Donald Trump, who is, as you’ve said before, widely seen as perhaps being somebody who they would be more willing to — or see as an easier person to be against?” Bloomberg's Jennifer Epstein asked.
“Here’s what we know,” Clinton said after declining to speculate about any Russian connection. “I think it is important for voters to know and hear this and weigh it in making their choice in November; we know that a lot of the rhetoric we’ve heard from Donald Trump has been seized on by terrorists, in particular ISIS.”
Authorities have not broached any possibility of a connection to the Russian government following bombings in New York and New Jersey that injured 29 people.
The Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee have been attempting to advance a narrative that Russian President Vladimir Putin is pushing to get Trump, the Republican nominee, elected. The DNC was rocked earlier this year after a trove of hacked emails were released by WikiLeaks; cybersecurity experts have with growing confidence linked the hack to Russia.