Hillary Clinton blames misogyny, FBI, Russia for election loss

Former Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton says while she takes "absolute personal responsibility" for losing the 2016 election to Donald Trump, sexism, the FBI, WikiLeaks, Russian hackers, and the timing of the election all played a part in her downfall.

Speaking at the annual Women for Women International luncheon in New York on Tuesday (local time), Ms Clinton explained that she was in the process of writing a memoir that would detail her unsuccessful bid to become US President.

"It wasn't a perfect campaign - there is no such thing," she said to CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour and the crowd at the event.

"But I was on the way to winning until a combination of [FBI director James] Comey's letter on October 28 and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me but got scared off.

"If the election had been on October 27, I would be your President."

When quizzed on whether she would be taking any of the blame for the election loss herself, Ms Clinton said she takes "absolute personal responsibility" for the result.

However, having already brought up both Russia and the FBI's involvement in the election, she then went on to claim misogyny had also "played a role" in her surprise defeat.

"[Misogyny] is very much a part of the landscape politically, socially and economically," she said.

She also accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of coordinating with current US President Donald Trump's campaign team to take her down - claiming he was not "a member of my fan club".

"It was clear he interfered [with the election] to hurt me and help my opponent - and if you chart my opponent and his campaign's statements, they quite co-ordinated with the goals that that leader who shall remain nameless [Putin] had," she said.

"Ask yourself [about] this: within an hour or two of the Access Hollywood tape being made public, the Russian theft of [Clinton campaign chairman] John Podesta's emails hit WikiLeaks. What a coincidence."

Ms Clinton also addressed what she was up to now that the election campaign was well behind her - and other than her memoir, she had a clear response.

"I'm back to being an active citizen - and part of the resistance," she said.