On Wednesday's broadcast of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, Hillary Clinton told host Trevor Noah that there is a difference between the Clinton campaign and the DNC working together to obtain the infamous Russian-tainted Trump dossier and the possibility that "Trump's people" worked with Russians to influence the election. Noah, who referred to it as the 'Clinton dossier,' wanted to know the difference between the two.
Clinton said the dossier didn't even come out before the November 2016 election. Clinton also said the American people didn't even know the FBI was investigating Trump, another piece of information she said they should have had before the election.
"The people doing it came to my campaign lawyer and said, you know, 'would you like us to continue it?' and he said, yes. He's an experienced lawyer. He knows what the law is. He knows what opposition research is," Clinton said about the dossier.
"It feels like the latency between an event and the politicizing has been shortened, and I mean in terms of people fighting each other over the events. Russia has latched on to this," Noah observed.
TREVON NOAH, DAILY SHOW: One popular narrative that has emerged in and around Russia has been the Clinton dossier, the documents involving Donald Trump and pee, which has now come out as a document that the DNC and your campaign worked to pay for. Now, people say, 'Hillary, is there a difference between your team paying for this opposition research and Donald Trump's people working with the Russians to influence the election?' Is there a difference?
HILLARY CLINTON: Of course there is. And, you know, I think most serious people understand that. This was research started by a Republican donor during the Republican primary. And then when Trump got the nomination for the Republican party, the people doing it came to my campaign lawyer and said, you know, 'would you like us to continue it?' and he said, yes. He's an experienced lawyer. He knows what the law is. He knows what opposition research is.
And, you know, from my perspective, it didn't come out before the election, as we all know. And what also didn't come out -- which I think is an even bigger problem as I write in the book -- is that the American people didn't even know that the FBI was investigating the Trump campaign because of connections with Russia starting in the summer of 2016.
So I know that voters should have had that information. That's something that may have influenced some people. And it's part of what happens in a campaign where you get information that may or may not be useful, and you try to make sure anything you put out in the public arena is accurate. And so this thing didn't come out until after the election and it's still being evaluated. But the fact of the FBI investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia should have come out.