Comey Stands By October Clinton Decision But Feels 'Mildly Nauseous'
- Author: Larry Hoffman May 06, 2017,
May 06, 2017, 19:20
Here's what's been going on.
Comey's hearing on Wednesday is part of an ongoing series of hearings for members of Congress about the FBI's various high-profile investigations, including one on Russia's interference in the US elections and whether Russian agents had colluded with members of Trump's campaign.
Democrats have complained of a double-standard in the way the investigations were treated.
"It makes me mildly nauseous to think we had an impact on the election", he said.
Politicians in Washington, she said, are doing everything they can to roll back "rights and progress that we've fought so hard for over the last century".
Comey said he had been in contact with Former Attorney General Sally Yates, who is expected testify about Michael Flynn, Trump's national security adviser pick, in Congress next week. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., who brought up Giuliani's boast that the ex-mayor knew about the FBI's discovery of additional Hillary Clinton emails.
"His then-spouse Huma Abedin appears to have a regular practice of forwarding emails to him for him, I think, to print out for her so she could then deliver them to the secretary of state", he said.
But Comey said that other than confirming the Clinton investigation existed, he did not discuss it until after it concluded previous year.
Investigators had found evidence of thousands of previously undiscovered emails while conducting an unrelated investigation into Clinton's aide's husband, former Rep. Anthony Weiner. Weiner's laptop was seized as part of a sexting investigation involving a teenage girl.
But there was nothing found that changed the FBI's decision not to recommend charges.
Comey said he felt he had to speak out at that time because he had repeatedly told lawmakers the Clinton email probe was over.
But Comey said that other than confirming the Clinton investigation existed, he did not discuss it until after it concluded a year ago. And he said the FBI does not expect to have anything to say about the Russian Federation investigation until that one was over either.
Comey added that not notifying Congress simply because it could influence the election would politicise the agency and result in the "death of the FBIs independent institution in America".
The political action committee (PAC) will be launched as soon as next week with minimum staff. Clinton's PAC will be created to lift politicians and groups that energize the anti-Trump resistance campaign. But as of Tuesday, Schiff said they were still negotiating with Yates' lawyers on when to bring them in. "Let me tell you, he was the least popular presidential candidate to win in the history of polling".
Hours later after Clinton's remarks, Trump tweeted that Comey was "the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton in that he gave her a free pass for many bad deeds!"
"It takes a lot of work to lose to Donald Trump", Mr Axelrod told CNN.
Democrats have charged that Comey's decision to reopen the probe may have been politically motivated and helped swing the election in Donald Trump's favor.
Leahy wanted to know if the Federal Bureau of Investigation had sniffed out anyone who had talked to Giuliani, a top surrogate for President Trump's campaign.