On Monday's edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” Communications Director for the Hillary Clinton campaign Jennifer Palmieri discussed the"soul-crushing" effect the FBI and Russia had on the 2016 election.
RACHEL MADDOW, MSNBC: When that story came out on Friday night, you responded by tweet. You said, quote, "Soul crushing".
JEN PALMIERI: I don't even remember that.
MADDOW: It came from the bottom of a glass.
MADDOW: "Soul crushing are the only words I have. Can barely stand to read this story."
MADDOW: What did you mean by that?
PALMIERI: I mean, it's helpful to have it out there that even the CIA has resolved that it was not just an effort to interfere with our election, but this is an effort to assist Donald Trump and becoming president. It is soul crushing because it's a little late to be learning this and also because during the campaign, particularly the month of October, we -- the Clinton campaign tried a lot to get more attention paid, particularly during what we were dealing with WikiLeaks and John Podesta’s e-mails being released, and tried to get more focus in the campaign trail and the press on the fact this was happening because -- at that point, we already knew -- because on October 7th, the DNI, the Director of National Intelligence, put out a statement saying Russia is interfering in our election. These hacks were done by the Russians and these likes are being done at the direction of the Russians.
You know what else happened on October 7th? The "Access Hollywood" tape.
PALMIERI: So, this just -- words we never thought would come out of our mouths, the Russians were trying to influence our election. We knew that. We knew that ahead of the election, but it never got the attention that I think it should. And so, it's pretty soul crushing to have that come out now and confirm that they were, in fact, trying to help Donald Trump.
And just as an American in the year 2016, 30 years after the Cold War, not something I ever imagined we'd have to worry about.
MADDOW: Do you think they succeeded?
PALMIERI: I think that -- yes. I mean, I think -- they certainly succeed in interfering.