Charles Hurt On Who's Really To Blame For Hillary Clinton's Staggering Loss

Geronimo Vena
Mag 5, 2017

But Comey said he might be unable to add much to what he'd already said, despite the insistence of the Republican members of the House committee that their probe couldn't go forward till they heard from Comey in a closed session.

Nearly three hours into a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, FBI Director James Comey shed new light on his decision to go public about his agency's investigations into Hillary Clinton's emails, first in July 2016 and again, with devastating effect, in late October, 11 days before the election.

The Washington Post quoted Comey as telling to the Senate panel that the thought that he might have affected the 2016 election made him "mildly nauseous".

Abedin's inexplicable decision to use her troubled husband as some sort of office assistant - she reportedly told FBI investigators that she found the State Department's printers too hard to use - would prove politically perilous.

"Working across all programs, all divisions, our technical wizards, using our vital global presence and using our partnerships especially with the Israeli national police, we made that case and the Israelis locked up the person behind those threats and stopped the terrifying plague against the Jewish community centers", Comey said. "Would you speak or would you hide?"

Clinton and her supporters have said Comey's move helped swing the presidential election to Donald Trump.

On Wednesday, Spicer shared his take on Clinton's hypothetical scenario.

Nunes canceled that hearing when it was originally scheduled in late March, frustrating Democrats, but the committee has now promised it will take place at a still undetermined date. Right out of the gate, Democrats demanded to know why he sent a letter to Congress 11 days before the presidential election and whether that cost Democrat Hillary Clinton the White House. Comey admits that, in discussing with others in the Federal Bureau of Investigation whether or not he should go public about Clinton, one of his advisors suggested that if he did it could affect the outcome of the election.

In two rounds of questioning, U.S. Sen.

For Comey, Lynch's meeting with Bill Clinton was the last straw.

He said he himself had been interviewed by the Justice Department's inspector general's office as part of the watchdog's investigation into the Clinton email case.

"On a number of occasions you chose to comment directly and extensively on that investigation", Sen.

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Comey challenged the Vermonter's version of events. And after Bill Clinton climbed onto Lynch's plane past year, Comey told the senators, he decided "the best chance of the American people believing in the system" was for him to go public.

FBI Director James Comey walks on Capitol Hill in Washington, . He said he welcomed that review and continues to believe he did things the right way. "The impression I get of Comey is he's going to do his job and he doesn't care who gets mad at him". Waiting a few days for clarification wouldn't have hurt.

The FBI director acknowledged recent months have been hard.

The investigation into connections between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign is still open.

"It's somewhat sad that we're still debating why the president won in the fashion that he did", Spicer said. "All different kinds of systems", he said.

"Today was painful", Leahy said on MSNBC shortly after the hearing ended.

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