Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Assumption Clinton would win a factor in email probe — Former FBI head

Assumption Clinton would win a factor in email probe — Former FBI head

Some outlets got their hands on copies of James Comey's upcoming book A Higher Loyalty, and while a lot of attention has been paid to President Donald Trump's attitude toward rule-of-law and the infamous pee tape, the fired FBI Director also had a less-than glowing attitude toward Obama-era Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Majority have been damning accusations or insults about Trump's White House, but the book also reportedly delves deep into his handling of the Clinton investigation, The Guardian reported Friday.

Comey writes: "Assuming, as almost everyone did, that Hillary Clinton would be elected president of the United States in less than two weeks, what would happen to the FBI, the justice department or her own presidency if it later was revealed, after the fact, that she still was the subject of an FBI investigation?"

Comey is frank about what a distasteful task the investigation of a major presidential candidate represented for an agency that aspired to preserve its independence in an election rent by poisonous partisanship. But in a controversial move, Comey told Congress just days before the election that the FBI was reviewing additional emails in relation to the investigation.

Comey has come under fire over the situation, including from President Trump in a tweet Friday, in which he said the former director's handling of the Clinton email probe will go down as one of the worst botch jobs in history. In his new book, Comey admits he has some regrets about Clinton's private email server investigation.

"It must have been", Comey responds, adding, "I don't remember consciously thinking about that, but it must have been".

The government learned of this information in 2016. She said she was "surprised" when the criminal investigation was later made public that The Times did not make a bigger deal of the fact that the paper had been right.

"I knew this was going to suck for me" to hold the summer press conference, he writes. But for the most part, they weren't that far off track, particularly if you recall that she won the popular vote by more than two percent, and prescient observers noted before the election that Trump was in striking distance based on the polls. "My use of "extremely careless" naturally sounded to many ears like the statutory language-'grossly negligent'-even though thoughtful lawyers could see why it wasn't the same".

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