President-elect Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton kept up their war of words over whether Russia-backed hackers helped throw the election to Trump, with Clinton saying Russia committed an “attack against our country” and Trump firing back on Twitter by attacking her as corrupt.
Clinton told donors during a Thursday night event that Vladimir Putin had a “personal beef” against her for and went after her campaign in an attempt to “undermine democracy.”
“This is not just an attack on me and my campaign, although that may have added fuel to it. This is an attack against our country. We are well beyond normal political concerns here. This is about the integrity of our democracy and the security of our nation,” Clinton said at the Manhattan event, according to audio obtained by the New York Times.
Trump fired back Friday morning, suggesting the cyberattack was justified because it dug up dirt on Clinton.
“Are we talking about the same cyberattack where it was revealed that head of the DNC illegally gave Hillary the questions to the debate?” he wrote just after 6 a.m. Friday.
U.S. intelligence officials believe that Russian President Vladimir Putin himself played a role in the plot, in which hackers broke into Democratic National Committee databases, stole embarrassing emails and leaked them to the whistle-blowing site WikiLeaks, including one memo that suggested that the DNC gave Clinton debate questions ahead of the forum. Russian hackers also stole emails from top Clinton adviser John Podesta.