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Washington - Former FBI Head: Assumption Clinton Would Win A Factor In Email Probe

Published on: April 15, 2018 12:30 AM
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A copy of former FBI director James Comey's book "A Higher Loyalty" is seen in New York City, New York, U.S. April 13, 2018.  REUTERS/Soren LarsonA copy of former FBI director James Comey's book "A Higher Loyalty" is seen in New York City, New York, U.S. April 13, 2018.  REUTERS/Soren Larson

Washington - Former FBI Director James Comey said his assumption that Hillary Clinton would win the 2016 presidential election was a factor in opening an inquiry into her emails, according to part of an ABC interview broadcast on Saturday.

The controversy involved Clinton’s use of a private email server for official correspondence when she was secretary of state under then-President Barack Obama, including for messages that were later determined to contain classified information.

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Although the FBI ultimately decided not to refer Clinton’s case for prosecution, Democrats said Comey’s announcement damaged her with voters right before the election, and he faced complaints that his moves were politically motivated.

“I don’t remember consciously thinking about that, but it must have been because I was operating in a world where Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump, and so I’m sure that it was a factor,” Comey said in an excerpt of an interview aired on Saturday.

“I don’t remember spelling it out, but it had to have been, that she’s going to be elected president and if I hide this from the American people, she’ll be illegitimate the moment she’s elected, the moment this comes out,” Comey added.

Comey, who was fired by Republican President Donald Trump last May, is doing a series of media interviews that coincide with the release next week of his book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership.”

Trump, who criticized Comey repeatedly before and after he fired him, denounced him on Twitter on Friday: “James Comey is a proven LEAKER & LIAR,” he said.



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 Apr 15, 2018 at 06:00 AM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

That is the smoking gun it's all political

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 Apr 15, 2018 at 07:38 AM Trump is Right Says:

So, looks like all the claims of FBI corruption over the last two years now are correct.

When will the media and the corrupt left libtard Democrats (and hashomer) realize that they are fighting a false, losing battle against one of the greatest Presidents in US history?

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 Apr 15, 2018 at 08:37 AM Educated Archy Says:

Just proves that the man had an ulterior motive . Far from ultristic like yonasonw depicts . Commey is a sneak and a snake

He did it to ensure a smooth hillary transition with no reason to illgetomize her since the FBI investigated her . I'll admit I don't think she did any major crime ( albeit she is very crooked within the law ) . However commeys whole investigation was purely just to protect Hillary and himself thinking she'd win . Abuse of power . And when she lost he had an ax to grind .
Trump was correct in firing for his wreckless investigation

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 Apr 15, 2018 at 10:25 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
Educated Archy Says:

Just proves that the man had an ulterior motive . Far from ultristic like yonasonw depicts . Commey is a sneak and a snake

He did it to ensure a smooth hillary transition with no reason to illgetomize her since the FBI investigated her . I'll admit I don't think she did any major crime ( albeit she is very crooked within the law ) . However commeys whole investigation was purely just to protect Hillary and himself thinking she'd win . Abuse of power . And when she lost he had an ax to grind .
Trump was correct in firing for his wreckless investigation

English isn't your first language, is it Archy?

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 Apr 15, 2018 at 10:57 AM yamsar Says:

Reply to #3  
Educated Archy Says:

Just proves that the man had an ulterior motive . Far from ultristic like yonasonw depicts . Commey is a sneak and a snake

He did it to ensure a smooth hillary transition with no reason to illgetomize her since the FBI investigated her . I'll admit I don't think she did any major crime ( albeit she is very crooked within the law ) . However commeys whole investigation was purely just to protect Hillary and himself thinking she'd win . Abuse of power . And when she lost he had an ax to grind .
Trump was correct in firing for his wreckless investigation

You and the other commenters are twisting what he said. He claims he investigated her properly, but only came out publicly with it because he didn’t want a sitting president to be seen as illegitimate, and had he known the race was so close he would not have weighed in. Nothing wrong or corrupt with that.

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 Apr 15, 2018 at 10:58 AM Hoshomer Says:

The Obama scandals are limitless. IRS, FBI, Benghazi, Supreme Court, play to pay and the list goes on.

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 Apr 15, 2018 at 01:15 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #5  
yamsar Says:

You and the other commenters are twisting what he said. He claims he investigated her properly, but only came out publicly with it because he didn’t want a sitting president to be seen as illegitimate, and had he known the race was so close he would not have weighed in. Nothing wrong or corrupt with that.

Huh? You only come out publicly if its suites you so that a new president is not seen as illegit? The truth doesn't matter.

I don't get your reasoning.

I think he was scared that when Hillary wins he'd by grilled by congress. He did it to cover his tuchus.

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 Apr 15, 2018 at 01:13 PM Educated Archy Says:

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Anonymous Says:

English isn't your first language, is it Archy?

Its not of vital importance to me nor most people in the modern day economy. Even corporate America does not care about proper english. Its only vital if you want to become an English professor

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 Apr 15, 2018 at 04:39 PM Ppppp Says:

Reply to #2  
Trump is Right Says:

So, looks like all the claims of FBI corruption over the last two years now are correct.

When will the media and the corrupt left libtard Democrats (and hashomer) realize that they are fighting a false, losing battle against one of the greatest Presidents in US history?

Never. Because unfortunately all the liberal leaders and their supporters are corrupt, dishonest and hateful of America. They are concerned only with their own power, not what’s best for the people. Their only goal is trying to unseat this president, they couldn’t care less about anything else, and their uneducated, unintelligent kool aid drinking followers aren’t smart enough to see the truth.

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 Apr 15, 2018 at 04:40 PM Ppppp Says:

Reply to #5  
yamsar Says:

You and the other commenters are twisting what he said. He claims he investigated her properly, but only came out publicly with it because he didn’t want a sitting president to be seen as illegitimate, and had he known the race was so close he would not have weighed in. Nothing wrong or corrupt with that.

He has been caught leaking and lying. Not one word he says is credible.

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 Apr 15, 2018 at 09:03 PM yamsar Says:

Reply to #7  
Educated Archy Says:

Huh? You only come out publicly if its suites you so that a new president is not seen as illegit? The truth doesn't matter.

I don't get your reasoning.

I think he was scared that when Hillary wins he'd by grilled by congress. He did it to cover his tuchus.

That’s not what I said, or what he said. He said he wouldn’t rush to come out with it before the election for fear that if not it will look like a cover up In order for her to win the election.

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 Apr 15, 2018 at 09:04 PM yamsar Says:

Reply to #8  
Educated Archy Says:

Its not of vital importance to me nor most people in the modern day economy. Even corporate America does not care about proper english. Its only vital if you want to become an English professor

It is vital all over. Proper communication is the basic building block for a civil society.

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