'Really bad' or 'catastrophic': Comey defends Clinton choice

"It makes me mildly nauseous to make me think we might have had some impact on the election". "Should (Comey) have done it?"

"I believe what I said; there was not a prosecutable case there", Comey said.

"I can't consider for a second whose political futures will be affected and in what way", Comey told the senators.

Feinstein's spokesman, Tom Mentzer, would neither discuss the senator's remarks nor say whether she was offering an estimate or disclosing information obtained in an Federal Bureau of Investigation briefing.

But Comey's statement Wednesday to the Senate Judiciary Committee about whether classified details can be shared with an entire committee, not just top congressional leaders, could undercut that.

If you think Russian Federation is done hacking United States politics, think again. "He always has been with me". I would make the same decision. "And I think that's good".

Rep. Trey Gowdy of SC, one of the few Republicans on the committee willing to talk, said the closed session was needed because of the number of times Comey had answered questions in the March open session by saying, "I can't answer that in an open session".

Comey said he decided the Justice Department was too compromised in July to publicly explain why Clinton would not be charged without "grievous damage to the American people's confidence in the justice system".

Becoming the first woman USA president would have been "a really big deal", she said. Trump adviser and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said former agents had told him in advance of the reopening of the Clinton email investigation.

On the Hill, Comey said, as many have noted, that sitting on information like this regarding the Abedin/Weiner laptop would have been catastrophic for the bureau. Everybody who disagrees with me has to come back to October 28 with me and stare at this and tell me what you would do. So that argument doesn't hold up.

When asked if either she or Weiner would be charged with misuse of classified information, Comey responded, "there was, we completed it". Though officials found many new emails, officials again found insufficient evidence that anyone had meant to break the law, Comey said. And perhaps most galling of all to Democrats, Comey wouldn't commit to a public statement if and when the Russian Federation probe ends.

Under questioning from Democratic Sen.

If that's taking absolute personal responsibility, what would be passing the buck?

Conaway's role in the March hearing was most notable for his use of a Texas Tech-Texas football analogy to describe Russian meddling on behalf of Trump.

Trump tweeted later Tuesday night that Comey "was the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton in that he gave her a free pass for many bad deeds". The phony Trump/Russia story was an excuse used by Democrats as justification for losing the election.

David Axelrod, who ran Mr Obama's 2008 campaign and later served as his senior adviser, said Ms Clinton was wrong to not put campaign resources into key states such as Wisconsin and MI that were eventually won by Donald Trump.

  • Carolyn Briggs