Published: Sun, May 07, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Comey defends Clinton choice; says he had limited options

Ms Clinton has said she took responsibility for her defeat but suggested she would have won had FBI director James "Jim" Comey not announced, days before the election, that he was reopening an investigation into her use of a private email server.

"I don't know yet", Comey said.

The director faced incoming fire from Democrats and Republicans alike yesterday over his handling of the investigations into Hillary Clinton's emails as well as Russian meddling into the campaign, including whether President Trump coordinated with the former Cold War nemesis in a case that is still ongoing.

More specifically, the topic was the Federal Bureau of Investigation director revealing that longtime Hillary Clinton advisor Huma Abedin forwarded classified emails to then-husband Anthony Weiner, ostensibly so he could print them out.

Comey also said he does not think he was inconsistent by not also disclosing that the FBI had begun a counterintelligence investigation last summer of whether some of Trump's senior aides were cooperating with Russian efforts to interfere with the campaign.

Comey said he chose to go public with his findings from the Hillary Clinton email investigation following former President Bill Clinton met privately with Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Democrats have charged that Comey's decision to reopen the probe may have been politically motivated and helped swing the election in Donald Trump's favor.

The political action committee (PAC) will be launched as soon as next week with minimum staff. Clinton's PAC will be created to lift politicians and groups that energize the anti-Trump resistance campaign.

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Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., peppered Comey with questions about whether Assange had been charged with a crime in the United States.

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But Clinton went even further, suggesting that Trump was coordinating his public statements with Putin."If you chart my opponent and his campaign's statements, they quite coordinated with the goals that that leader who shall remain nameless had", Clinton said.

Director Comey told the Senate panel he felt he had to speak out past year about the e-Mail probe because he had repeatedly told Congress the investigation was over.

"The honest answer is no", Comey said.

Political analysts have said Mrs Clinton fell short partly because she failed to mobilise the coalition of non-whites, young voters, single women and college-educated whites who had propelled Mr Barack Obama to victory in 2008 and 2012.

By the time investigators determined they were not the missing emails - and it did not change their initial decision not to seek prosecution - the national narrative had already shifted back to Clinton's emails, with just days left before the election.

FBI Director James Comey reiterated his agency remains confident Russian Federation tried to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election and was behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee, as well as the release of hundreds of emails from the party staffers.

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