A leaked recording of a conference call between Hillary Clinton and top party donors reveals Clinton puts her election defeat down to FBI director James Comey's interference in the campaign.
With voting day just two weeks off, Comey broke with protocol to announce that a further criminal investigation into Clinton emails was underway. Nine days later he just as surprisingly cleared Clinton of any wrongdoing in the follow-up investigation.
Did Comey throw the election to Donald Trump? Clinton's not alone in believing that. Some 20-million votes were cast while Clinton was under Comey's engineered shadow.
"There are lots of reasons why an election like this is not successful," Mrs Clinton told the donors on a farewell conference call on Saturday.
"But our analysis is that Comey's letter raising doubts that were groundless, baseless, proven to be, stopped our momentum. We dropped, and we had to keep really pushing ahead to regain our advantage."
According to US media, she added that Mr Comey's later recommendation that she should face no charges had energised Mr Trump's supporters.
I believe her. I don't doubt for a second that Comey deliberately threw a last-minute wrench in Clinton's gears. He may not have known how damaging the impact would be but he had to have known that there would be no time for Clinton to undo the damage.
Was this a coincidence, a matter of happenstance? Well we know that police investigators are trained not to write off events of this sort as coincidence, not until there's something that shows they weren't intentional. Comey, a Republican, does not deserve the benefit of the doubt.