John Podesta: 'Forces with the FBI' didn't want Hillary Clinton to win

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Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta recently reflected on the events leading up to the 2016 presidential election.

While participating in NewCo Shift Forum on Wednesday, Podesta took aim at the FBI investigation pertaining to the alleged hacking activities by Russia.

According to TechCrunch, Podesta said, "I think to this day it's inexplicable that they were so casual about the investigation of the Russian penetration of the DNC emails. They didn't even bother to send an agent to the DNC; they left a couple of messages at the IT help desk saying, 'You might want to be careful.'"

Podesta continued, "There are at least forces within the FBI that wanted her to lose."

Back in December, the Obama administration announced various measures against Russia for its attempt to manipulate the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, notes the New York Times.

They included removing 35 members of Russian intelligence from the U.S. and imposing sanctions on a variety of government-related individuals and groups.

More recently, a declassified report by the U.S. intelligence officials was released whichnoted, in part, "we assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election."

It further read, "Russia's goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency. We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump. We have 'high confidence' in these judgments."

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U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta speaks at the election night rally in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 9, 2016.

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U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta addresses supporters at the election night rally in New York, New York, November 8, 2016.

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U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta addresses supporters at the election night rally in New York, New York, November 8, 2016.

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Hillary Clinton's campaign Chairman John Podesta addresses the crowd and tells them to go home at her election night party as results continue to trickle in at Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Clinton's election night rally in New York, New York, November 9, 2016.

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John Podesta, campaign chairman of the 2016 Democratic Nominee Hillary Clinton, speaks during an election night party at the Javits Center in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Donald Trump racked up victory after victory in key states Tuesday to put himself in position to threaten Clinton for the White House, with the results in three Rust-Belt states likely to determine the next U.S. president.

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Campaign chairman John Podesta takes the stage to speak at Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton election night event at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center November 9, 2016 in New York City. Clinton is running against Republican nominee, Donald J. Trump to be the 45th President of the United States.

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U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta speaks at the election night rally in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 9, 2016.

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