James Comey: ‘Mildly Nauseous’ To Think He Affected Election Result By Announcing Clinton Email Investigation
During his hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, FBI director James Comey faced questions about his decision to announce a new investigation into Hillary Clinton so shortly before the 2016 election came to an end.
At the start of the hearing, Senator Dianne Feinstein made the argument that the FBI “had an impact” on the election when Comey released his fateful letter to Congress. Feinstein noted that Comey made this announcement even as the FBI was silent about their investigations into the possible collusion between Donald Trump‘s campaign and Russian attempts to interfere with the election.
When it came time for questions, Feinstein asked Comey to explain why he opened a new probe on Clinton when he didn’t know what he would find on Anthony Weiner‘s computer. Comey argued that the device could’ve contained Clinton’s missing emails from her days as the Secretary of State, and that not speaking about what he found would’ve been a “catastrophic” act of concealment on the FBI’s part.
“Look, this is terrible. It makes me mildly nauseous to think that we might have had some impact on the election,” said Comey. “But honestly, it wouldn’t change the decision.”
Feinstein noted that Comey didn’t get a search warrant before making his announcement, which made her wonder if Comey’s decision was effectively a gamble on Clinton’s candidacy. Comey stuck to his point and said that not announcing his investigation would’ve been “the death of the FBI as an independent institution.”
During a conference yesterday, Clinton said that Comey’s letter was a huge part of the reason why she lost the election.
Watch above, via CNN.
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