Hillary Clinton said Saturday there are two inescapable conclusions of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report.
The first is that Russia conducted a sweeping and systematic interference into the 2016 election and the second is that obstruction of justice occurred.
“You cannot read the report, chapter and verse, fact after fact, without reaching those conclusions,” said Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee. She made the comments Saturday during an appearance with Madeleine Albright at their alma mater, Wellesley College.
“People just want to quit hearing about it and get back to their normal lives. There is nothing normal about undermining the rule of law. There is nothing normal about attacking the press. There is nothing normal about trying to undermine another branch of government,” she said.
President Trump has repeatedly said the Mueller report shows no collusion between his campaign and the Russians.
Clinton said she was also worried that the speed of online communications could make the country vulnerable to the tactics of demagogues including what she called the clever use of symbols combined with verbal and physical intimidation.
“This is a classic pattern. There is nothing new about it,” she said. “I think given the rapidity with which information can be conveyed today because of the internet, it is an even more dangerous set of circumstances.”
The two former Democratic secretaries of State spoke on various topics, from their years at Wellesley to the state of women’s rights in the world.
Albright is a member of the class of 1959. Clinton is a member of the class of 1969.
Albright was the nation’s first female secretary of State and served under President Bill Clinton. Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state under President Obama.
Also on Saturday, Clinton announced on Twitter that her youngest brother, Tony Rodham, died Friday night.
Clinton remembered her brother as a kind and generous person who could walk into a room and “light it up with laughter.” She didn’t say how he died but said he was survived by his wife, Megan, and three children.
Tony Rodham was born in 1954 to parents Hugh and Dorothy Rodham. He was raised in the Chicago suburbs along with his older siblings, Hillary, now 71, and Hugh, 69.