In an obvious attempt to clear his already muddied name, James Comey confirmed that his decision to announce that the FBI was going to once again look into the Hillary Clinton email investigation just days before the election was influenced by his belief that she would beat Donald Trump and his biased desire to make sure that the election results were viewed as legitimate.
In an interview, Comey told ABC News’s George Stephapoluslos, “I don’t remember consciously thinking about that, but it must have been because I was operating in a world where Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump, and so I’m sure that it was a factor.” He later went on to add, “I don’t remember spelling it out, but it had to have been, that she’s going to be elected president and if I hide this from the American people, she’ll be illegitimate the moment she’s elected, the moment this comes out.”
Here is the full text of the letter Comey wrote to Congress:
“Dear Messrs. Chairmen:
I write to supplement my October 28, 2016 letter that notified you the FBI would be taking additional investigative steps with respect to former Secretary of State Clinton’s use of a personal email server. Since my letter, the FBI investigative team has been working around the clock to process and review a large volume of emails from a device obtained in connection with an unrelated criminal investigation. During that process, we reviewed all of the communications that were to or from Hillary Clinton while she was Secretary of State.
Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton.
I am very grateful to the professionals at the FBI for doing an extraordinary amount of high-quality work in a short period of time.
James B. Comey
Hillary Clinton during her constant blame game as to who was at fault for her losing the 2016 Presidential Election has said she thinks the letter Cmey sent to Congress on October 28, 2016, which read that the FBI would be once again looking at the email investigation killed her chances of winning. Clinton even went as far as saying Comey had “Shivved” her in her book “What Happened.
Comey did also go on to state in the interview that part of the reason he chose to write a book about what went on during the 2016 campaign season is to explain his side of the story, And to maybe help readers realize that he wasn’t trying to hurt or help any candidate. He was just trying to do the right thing.
Here is more on this breaking story via ABC News:
“Former FBI Director James Comey decided to go public with the bureau’s 2016 investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email, in part because he wanted to prevent the former Secretary of State from being perceived as “illegitimate” if she prevailed in the general election, Comey told ABC News in an interview.
In a partial transcript of Comey’s eagerly anticipated interview with the network, the former FBI chief explained to ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos that he was “operating in a world where Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump, and so I’m sure that it was a factor.”
He added: “I don’t remember spelling it out, but it had to have been, that she’s going to be elected president and if I hide this from the American people, she’ll be illegitimate the moment she’s elected, the moment this comes out,” according to ABC ‘s transcript.
Conventional wisdom had Clinton winning the hotly contested general election. The Democrat led most national polls for months, only to lose the Electoral College vote to Trump in a shocking November defeat. The former Secretary of State and her supporters have blamed Comey’s 11th hour disclosure of the investigation for her loss.
Comey, however, couldn’t say definitively whether his letter to Congress actually killed her chances, but said he would do it again, even if he knew it would help Trump. When asked about if the letter had hurt Clinton, Comey told ABC: “I hope not. I don’t know. I honestly don’t know. I sure hope not.”
The interview is tied to the release of Comey’s book, “A Highly Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” scheduled to be released on Tuesday.
In recent days, a war of words has erupted between Comey and his former boss, President Donald Trump. The president has heaped much of the blame for his ongoing legal troubles on the FBI, and just Friday blasted Comey as an “untruthful slime ball.”
Since his abrupt firing last year, Comey has taken to social media to make cryptic and subliminal digs at his former boss. Yet ahead of the publication of his book, he issued an uncharacteristically blunt response to Trump, vowing last month that the public would hear his side of the story “very soon.”
A Higher Loyalty, Truth, Lies, And Leadership by James Comey comes out on Tuesday, April 17th.
H/T The Daily Wire