USA Today Washington Bureau Chief: Comey and Sanders ‘Clearly’ Get Under Clinton’s Skin


USA Today journalist and the current Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page said Tuesday that Hillary Clinton's new book was about trying to "settle some scores," specifically referencing Clinton's discussion of the roles former FBI Director James Comey and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) played in her 2016 election loss.

Page appeared as a guest on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" to discuss her recent interview with Clinton about her book What Happened.

"Did she write the book for attention, to make money,  to have her voice out there – what's motivating her to do this?" MSNBC senior political analyst Mark Halperin asked Page.

"Well, I think she wanted to settle some scores, including with James Comey and with Bernie Sanders and with others," Page said. "And I think she was also wounded by the results of this election."

Page explained that Clinton had thought she was going to win the election last November. As  a result of being surprised by the results, the process of writing the book in the house Clinton purchased based on the exception she would win the election, was "cathartic," according to Page.

Co-host Mika Brzezinski asked Page if Clinton had offered any advice for the future of the Democratic Party moving forward.

"She offers some advice like, ‘don't pay attention to Bernie Sanders' who she says is not actually a Democrat and doesn't have Democratic interests at heart," said Page.

"There were two people who clearly get under her skin when you talk to her, when I talked to her in this interview," Page added. "One is Bernie Sanders, the other is James Comey."

Clinton has argued that Sanders' attacks paved the way for attacks by her Republican opponent, Donald Trump. Clinton has also placed blame on Comey for her loss, citing the FBI's investigation into her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

Jack Heretik

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Jack is a Media Analyst for the Washington Free Beacon. He is from Northern Ohio and graduated from the Catholic University of America in 2011. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, Jack was a Production Assistant for EWTN's The World Over and worked on Sen. Bill Cassidy's 2014 campaign.

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