FBI's Comey defends Clinton email probe announcement, but feels 'nauseous'
- Author: Salvatore Jensen May 07, 2017,
May 07, 2017, 16:42
Under fire from Democrats, FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday it would have been "catastrophic" to keep Congress in the dark about developments in the Hillary Clinton email investigation that emerged close to Election Day.
The hearing comes just one day after Comey beat back a series of questions about the Russian Federation investigation from senators on the Senate judiciary committee.
"It makes me mildly nauseous to think we might have had some impact on the election", he said, adding that he has no regrets about his decision, according to the Washington Post.
FBI investigators reviewing former Rep. Anthony Weiner's computer in an unrelated case discovered he had thousands of emails from Hillary Clinton's Verizon Blackberry account - which they believed were the missing Clinton emails, Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee.
At a forum in NY on Tuesday, Clinton said Comey's letter to Congress on October 28 was a factor in her loss to President Trump.
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.
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!" Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy asked about how Comey treated the investigation into Trump's campaign and Clinton's. "We've got to tell Congress we are restarting this".
Senators then asked Director Comey why he chose to go public with the investigation of Hillary Clinton but not the investigation of whether Donald Trump or his associates had inappropriate contact with Russian agents.
"But I think I've done the right thing at each turn..." Because he had earlier declared the Clinton investigation done, Comey said he only had two choices about re-opening it. "Will you commit to fully answering the questions from my March 6 and April 28 letter and providing all requested documents so that we can resolve those inconsistencies, even if in a closed session?"
"It perplexes numerous Federal Bureau of Investigation agents who talk to me all the time", Giuliani said of Comey's decision not to charge Clinton with a crime.
In one of her first major remarks since the election, Clinton said on Tuesday that Comey, misogyny, Russian interference and a Wikileaks' dump of Democratic Party communications emails were in part responsible for her defeat in the election.
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