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IG Horowitz Tells Senate Comey Acted Out of Fear For His Job in Clinton Probe: Was ‘Concerned For His Survivability’

Were James Comey‘s actions in the Hillary Clinton email investigation made, in part, out of fear for his job?

In a hearing on Capitol Hill Monday, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) questioned Inspector General Michael Horowitz about Comey’s handling of the Clinton probe, and the IG told Cornyn that the ousted FBI Director did operate with an eye towards his job security — in the event of Clinton winning the 2016 election.

“I think that was a concern we had, certainly, where it’s even clearer in that October time period,” Horowitz said. “Because we have testimony that indicated that when he explained through his chief of the staff why he was going to do what he did on October 28, he was concerned about his survivability,” Horowitz said.

Cornyn followed up by asking whether Comey was “writing towards a preordained result,” when he concluded that Clinton’s actions were “extremely careless,” after previously deeming them “grossly negligent.” Horowitz wouldn’t quite go that far.

“We try to lay out in great detail in various places, including that, how [Comey’s thinking] changed and how it evolved and why,” Horowitz said. “But I’m not sure I can sit here and say precisely what was his thinking on the time.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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