Cliff Owen, Associated Press
FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2016 file photo, Hillary Clinton speaks in Washington. Clinton is blaming Russian interference for her defeat in the presidential race, casting her campaign as fodder in a long-running effort by Russian President Vladimir Putin to discredit the fundamental tenants of American government.

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton is blaming Russian interference for her defeat in the presidential race. She's casting her failed campaign as part of a long-running effort by Russian President Vladimir Putin to discredit the fundamental tenets of American government.

The former Democratic nominee is citing a "personal beef" with Putin as a possible reason for the country to meddle in the race.

She says the hacking of Democratic groups are an "attack on our country" and part of a "long-drawn strategy" to undermine American democracy.

Clinton also cited the late-October release of a letter by FBI Director James Comey about her use of a private server as a reason for her loss.

Clinton spoke at a Thursday night gathering with campaign donors in New York City.