Former FBI Mind: assumption Clinton would Triumph a Element in Re Search
- Author: Rogelio Becker Apr 15, 2018,
Apr 15, 2018, 5:20
So much so, that Comey wrote in his new book that he anxious the FBI, Justice Department and Clinton's potential presidency would face intense criticism if he hadn't announced the reopening of her private email server probe less than two weeks before the election.
The interview is tied to the release of Comey's book, "A Highly Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership", scheduled to be released on Monday.
"Wasn't the decision to reveal influenced by your assumption that Hillary Clinton was going to win, and your concern that, she wins, this comes out several weeks later and then that's taken by her opponents as a sign that she's an illegitimate president?", Stephanopoulos asks. That revelation came more than three months after Comey said at a press conference that the Federal Bureau of Investigation would not be charging Clinton.
But months later, just days before the November election, he publicly disclosed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had reopened the Clinton probe to review additional emails that had been recovered.
Trump initially pointed to Comey's handling of the Clinton investigation as the reason for his dismissal, though he later acknowledged that he had considered the FBI's probe into possible collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation as part of his decision to fire the top cop.
Trump, who has accused Comey of leaking information to the press and lying about their interactions, initially praised Comey at a campaign rally in MI on October 31, 2016. According to The Hill, Comey writes that Trump was concerned that his wife Melania would believe there was even a "one percent" chance the allegations are true.
The belief that Clinton couldn't lose is the only way to make sense of what a lot of people said and did in October of 2016. The former Secretary of State and her supporters have blamed Comey's 11th hour disclosure of the investigation for her loss. I don't know. I honestly don't know.
Mr. Comey said the F.B.I. did not contradict the Clinton campaign at the time because it was not yet appropriate to publicly confirm an investigation.