Hillary Clinton has not completely ruled out running for president again in 2020, according to CNN.
The network’s White House correspondent, Jeff Zeleny, said Clinton has been talking about the possibility.
“I’m told by three people that as recently as this week, she was telling people that look, given all this news from the indictments, particularly the Roger Stone indictment, she talked to several people, saying ‘Look, I’m not closing the doors to this,” Zeleny said.
Stone, a longtime adviser to President Donald Trump, was indicted on charges of lying to lawmakers, tampering with witnesses and obstruction. The indictment provided details on how Trump’s campaign sought the disclosure of emails hacked by Russians and then provided to WikiLeaks.
The emails, which eventually became public, were widely seen as damaging to Clinton and the Democratic Party.
Stone said he was falsely accused and criticized special counsel Robert Muller’s investigation as “politically motivated.”
Despite Clinton’s chatter, one close friend of hers told Zeleny that it would be surprising if she ran again. And her talk doesn’t mean there’s a campaign in waiting or a plan in the works, CNN said.
“Most losing presidential candidates never totally close the doors to running for president again,” Zeleny said. “But I think we have to at least leave our mind open to the possibility that she is still talking about it. She wants to take on Trump. Could she win a Democratic primary to do it? I don’t know the answer to that.”
The Democratic 2020 field is expected to be crowded. Several candidates, including California Sen. Kamala Harris, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, have already launched campaigns.
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