FBI's Comey defends Clinton email probe announcement, but feels 'nauseous'

Elizabeth Williams
May 7, 2017

"If I were advising her, I would say don't do this, don't go back and appear as if you're shifting responsibility off of yourself", the CNN senior political commentator said. She said that Comey's letter, Russian hacking of Democratic emails and her own flaws as a candidate contributed to her loss.

Hours later after Clinton's remarks, Trump tweeted that Comey was "the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton in that he gave her a free pass for many bad deeds!"

Graham also questioned Comey about Carter Page, a former adviser to President Donald Trump and oil industry consultant with ties to Russian Federation through his energy investment firm Global Energy Capital LLC.

US intelligence officials have blamed Russian intelligence services for interfering in the election through the hacking of Democratic email accounts.

Under fire from Democrats, FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday it would have been "catastrophic" to keep Congress in the dark about developments in the Hillary Clinton email investigation that emerged close to Election Day.

Comey sent a letter to lawmakers on October 28 announcing the Federal Bureau of Investigation had reopened its probe into Clinton's emails. He says he only told lawmakers about the reopening of the Clinton email investigation because he had testified before Congress that the probe had been closed.

FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday vigorously defended his handling of a probe into Hillary Clinton's emails and deflected Sen.

Kennedy said he appreciated Comey's "candor" during his Wednesday testimony.

"I want that inspection, I want my story told, '" he said.

Republicans, such as Chuck Grassley of Iowa, were upset about leaks of classified information about the Trump and Clinton investigations and asked Comey directly whether he leaked or authorized others at the FBI to leak information to the news media - charges he denied.

The FBI director acknowledged recent months have been hard.

"Even in hindsight - and this has been one of the world's most painful experiences - I would make the same decision". Comey said he couldn't consider that when making the call. Comey said he welcomed the review.

Comey said he had the choice to either "speak" or "conceal".

"She said the words, 'I'm responsible, ' but the - everything else suggested that she doesn't really feel that way", he continued, "and I don't think that helps her in the long-run". "We also were obviously very interested in the United States government response when we knew the Russians had hacked us, as well as the issue of whether USA persons affiliated with the Trump campaign were coordinating in any way", Schiff told CNN's Wolf Blitzer Thursday.

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