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    Ex-House Speaker Slams Podesta for Blaming Election Loss on Others

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    The chairman of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, John Podesta, is seeking a scapegoat for the Democrat’s electoral defeat in November, former House of Representatives speaker Newt Gingrich said in a televised interview Friday.

    NEW YORK (Sputnik) – Gingrich, a Trump campaign ally who has been excluded from consideration for jobs in the incoming administration, was responding to an opinion article Podesta wrote in Friday’s Washington Post arguing that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) severely hurt Clinton’s electoral chances.

    "Podesta is desperately trying to find somebody else to say, ‘It wasn't my fault,’ that ‘I was a stupid campaign manager, somebody else did it to us. It's beyond my control.’ Well, nice try," Gingrich told Fox News Channel.

    The FBI is "deeply broken,” Podesta asserted in the article, and he accused the bureau’s director, James Comey, of ignoring alleged Russian interference in the election and focusing instead on an "overblown" scandal involving Clinton’s email practices as US secretary of state.

    Podesta himself was at the center of the email scandal, when his correspondence with other Democratic Party officials was hacked, purportedly by people in Russia, US intelligence officials have claimed. The hacked emails were then passed on to whistleblower website WikiLeaks, which released them in daily batches in the weeks leading to the November 8 election.

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