James Comey says he wishes that he found a better way to explain his reasoning after concluding his investigation into Hillary Clinton‘s email scandal.
During his interview with George Stephanopoulos, Comey discussed his 2016 announcement in which he said the FBI wouldn’t recommend criminal charges against Clinton — even though she was, in his view, “extremely careless” with her handling of sensitive data.
When Stephanopoulos brought up the critics who accused Comey of going easy on Clinton with his wishy-washy statement, he insisted that wasn’t true — even as he began to say he made a mistake with his choice of words.
“The goal was – and one of the mistakes I made – is I don’t know what it would be. I should’ve worked harder to find a way to convey that it’s more than just the ordinary mistake, but it’s not criminal behavior,” Comey said. “I wanted to be honest and transparent. This wasn’t your ordinary bureaucrat who just mishandles one document. This was something more than that, but not something that anybody would prosecute.”
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