Huma Abedin Sent James Comey Hillary Clinton Emails to Print

Director James Comey said on Wednesday it would have been "catastrophic" to hide his decision to reopen an investigation into Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's emails just 11 days before the 2016 presidential election.

He added: "It makes me mildly nauseous to think we might have had some impact on the election". Chris Coons, a Delaware Democrat on the Senate judiciary committee, told CNN Tuesday.

"I was on the way to winning until a combination of Jim 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", Clinton said Tuesday at a Women for Women event in NY.

Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, James Comey testifies in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee during an oversight hearing on the FBI on Capitol Hill May 3, 2017 in Washington.

Democrats are angry that Comey reopened the email investigation just 11 days before Election Day, then announced about a week later that it found no new evidence.

Comey later said Abedin made a habit of sending Weiner classified emails to print out for her, supposedly so she could give them to Hillary Clinton. So I met with them that morning, late morning in my conference room and they laid out for me what they could see from the metadata on this fella (former congressman) Anthony Weiner's laptop that had been seized in an unrelated case. In retrospect, he said, he still believes he made the right choice. But while that option was "really bad", he said he figured it'd be worse to hide the discovery from lawmakers, especially when he had testified under oath that the investigation had been concluded and had promised to advise lawmakers if it needed to be reopened. "If the election had been on October 27, I would be your president", she said, while also putting responsibility for her loss on her own actions.

As a result of the investigation, FBI investigators found thousands of new emails, some of which were classified.

He also said he had not meant to harm the Clinton campaign with his public announcement in July that Clinton and her aides had been "extremely careless" in their handling of classified information though there was not evidence to support criminal charges.

Wednesday's testimony by Comey came during what was meant to be a routine oversight hearing of the FBI, but was instead dominated by questions relating to investigations surrounding the 2016 campaign. They said we think we gotta get a search warrant to go get these and the Department of Justice agreed.

He strongly criticized WikiLeaks, the secret-spilling website that published emails from Democratic accounts that intelligence officials say were hacked by Russian Federation. But he says politics can't influence the FBI's decision-making.

He also denied that he had treated disclosures about investigations into Clinton's emails differently than potential connections between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. The bureau also spent months, including right up to shortly before Election Day previous year, looking into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. He likened the site to "intelligence porn" and said it pushed out information to damage the United States. I would not hide that on October 28 from the Congress.

That prompted Democrats to complain of a double-standard in the way the investigations were treated.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat on the judiciary committee, said he and others also plan to grill Comey on why he announced that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was looking again at Clinton's emails - just days before the election.

  • Leroy Wright