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Hillary Clinton Tells MSNBC's Rachel Maddow that 'It's Clear' Putin Is Outsmarting Trump

She still doesn't know what Putin's ultimate endgame was in opposing her election.

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Hillary Clinton told Rachel Maddow on MSNBC Tuesday night that she still has many questions about why Russia interfered in the 2016 election to hurt her candidacy.

"I think I was an obstacle to [Russia's] plans to undermine and disrupt our democracy," she told Maddow.  "I think I was an obstacle to impose greater authoritarian control in Russia."

But there's more to Russian President Vladimir Putin's strategy than just targeting her.

"I think I am a small part of the puzzle," Clinton continued. "I think we're finding out more about how they viewed me and what they wanted to do to get met out of the way. But get me out of the way to do what, Rachel? Yes, try to elect a president which, apparently, they succeeded at. But it was more than that. They play a long game. I don't know if Trump is a witting or unwitting tool of Putin. I don't know that."

However, she said there should be no doubt about who is winning in that battle of wits.

"It's clear [Trump] is playing checkers, and Putin's playing three-dimensional chess," she said. 

Watch the clip below:

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Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. Follow him on Twitter @codytfenwick.