Clinton’s top aide says the Democratic presidential nominee was “scared” about Donald Trump’s conduct, including his treatment of women, as she was being interviewed by an FBI agent in June 2016.
In an interview with the FBI’s special counsel Robert Mueller, then-deputy assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs Rachel Nichols was asked whether she could confirm that Clinton had told the agency that Trump was sexually assaulting her when she worked in the State Department.
Nichols responded, “I can’t comment on that.”
“I think what I’m trying to say is that Hillary Clinton, as secretary of State, as a senator, as the presidential candidate, she was a victim of sexual assault by the president of the United States,” Nichols said, according to a transcript of the interview obtained by The Hill.
Nichols later confirmed to the FBI that she said the remark to Mueller.
Trump denied the allegation and called her an “absolute liar.”
In a series of tweets in August, Trump called her a “liar” and said she should “go back to the failed failed failed states of Mexico, China, Russia and other countries that are failing under the Clintons’ leadership.”
Nichols, who joined the State Departments office of international negotiations after Trump became president, was not the only one to have concerns about Clinton’s handling of the Trump scandal.
A number of high-ranking officials including former Vice President Joe Biden, former secretary of defense Robert Gates and former FBI Director James Comey also said she did not have the “moral authority” to be the president.