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Chappaqua Property Expansion Made Eyeing Election Win, Hillary Clinton Says

The end of Old House Lane in Chappaqua, with the newly purchased home by the Clintons on the right and the home they've lived in since 2001 on the left, out of camera view.
The end of Old House Lane in Chappaqua, with the newly purchased home by the Clintons on the right and the home they've lived in since 2001 on the left, out of camera view. Photo Credit: File photo
Hillary Clinton walks through the auditorium of Douglas G. Grafflin Elementary School in Chappaqua, where she cast her presidential vote on Nov. 8, several months after the Clintons purchased their neighbors' house nearby.
Hillary Clinton walks through the auditorium of Douglas G. Grafflin Elementary School in Chappaqua, where she cast her presidential vote on Nov. 8, several months after the Clintons purchased their neighbors' house nearby. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

Hillary Clinton says the home next to the Chappaqua house she and her husband have lived in since 1999 was purchased in anticipation of her being elected president.

The de facto expansion of the property was made so White House staff and Secret Service would have a place to stay on the occasions Hillary Clinton was in Chappaqua as president she told Jane Pauley in an interview on CBS "Sunday Morning."

The Clintons acquired the home next door and their neighbor's parcel for $1.16 million in August 2016 , just months before election day on Nov. 8.

Asked about the purchase while walking with "Sunday Morning" anchor Jane Pauley in the backyard of the new home, Clinton said, "I know something about what it takes to move a president and I thought I was going to win."

Clinton said even though the new home won't be needed for its intended purpose, "I'm very happy we did it."

Clinton wrote several chapters of her new book "What Happened," on the dining room table in the new home.

After the disappointing of losing the election to Donald Trump, Clinton said, "Off I went, into a frenzy of closet cleaning, and long walks in the woods, playing with my dogs, and, as I write -- yoga, alternate nostril breathing, which I highly recommend, tryin' to calm myself down. And, you know, my share of Chardonnay."

She said she decided to attend Trump's inauguration Jan. 20 because it's a tradition for former first ladies to do so, showing continuing in leadership.

"I'm a former first lady, and former presidents and first ladies show up," Clinton told Pauley. "It's part of the demonstration of the continuity of our government. And so there I was, on the platform, you know, feeling like an out-of-body experience. And then his speech, which was a cry from the white nationalist gut."

You can watch the CBS "Sunday Morning" segment by clicking here.

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