FBI Director has no regrets over 'Hillary's emails'
- Author: Carolyn Briggs May 06, 2017,
May 06, 2017, 20:28
In his most detailed explanation and strongest defense of his actions to date, Comey said it was a choice between "really bad and catastrophic" to inform lawmakers about the discovery of additional Clinton emails found on the computer of former Rep. Anthony Weiner, the husband of Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
"It makes me mildly nauseous to think we might have had impact on the election", he said.
Although the FBI disclosed a week later that the investigation had found no wrongdoing by Clinton, and that no charges were warranted, Clinton and her supporters have blamed Comey's disclosure for tilting the election in Donald Trump's favor.
Comey's remarks were his first public comment on his decision to reopen the Clinton email investigation, which came after FBI agents discovered new communications connected to the former secretary of state's private server.
"I would make the same decision", Comey declared during a lengthy hearing Wednesday in which Democratic senators grilled him on the seeming inconsistency between the Clinton disclosure 11 days before the election and his silence about the bureau's investigation into possible contacts between Russian Federation and Donald Trump's presidential campaign. The phony.Trump/Russia story was an excuse used by the Democrats as justification for losing the election.
And ultimately, that's the real point: Had Secretary of State Clinton not set up a private, unsecured e-mail server and routinely used it to send messages with classified info, Jim Comey and the Federal Bureau of Investigation never would've had anything to investigate.
Comey meanwhile refused to comment on where the Russian Federation investigation stands now or who on the Trump team is being examined for possible collusion with Moscow. "And I then said, 'You know what?"
"We treated it like we did the Clinton investigation", Comey maintained.
Becoming the first woman United States president would have been "a really big deal", she said.
"Is there any evidence that the Trump campaign assisted or directed those efforts?" Sen.
"She has a legitimate beef because Comey's letter was instrumental, I think, in her defeat, so in a narrow sense she is right about it", he said. In March, Trump sub-tweeted Comey throughout the actual House hearing, repeatedly misstating testimony he was delivering.
But he acknowledged that there was mounting dissatisfaction within the FBI in the spring of 2016 over the investigation of the Clinton email affair as it became clear that there was no basis for a criminal prosecution of Clinton or her top aides.
He declined on Wednesday to discuss that investigation or to say which Americans the FBI was looking at.