Comey Says Belief Clinton Would Win Election 'Factor' in Email Probe

Comey feared making Clinton an “illegitimate president”

Comey had acknowledged that his belief that Clinton would be elected president "was a factor" in his decision to reopen the email probe 11 days before the U.S. election.

Pirro said Comey wrote at length about Trump as a person, noting the size of his hands, considering whether or not he regularly wears tanning goggles and whether his famous hair is real.

Former FBI Director James Comey admitted in his memoir, "A Higher Loyalty", that it's possible his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails was swayed by polls that showed she was likely to win the 2016 presidential election. "At the time, I thought there was a risk people wouldn't listen carefully after the headline, but looking back, the risk of confusion from me delaying the conclusion was greater". I had assumed from media polling that Hillary Clinton was going to win.

He continues: "More important, I would have tried to find a better way to describe Secretary Clinton's 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".

Following several tantrums and attacks coinciding with the release of book excerpts, the president began his Sunday obsessively attacking Comey, the memoir, Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch.

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. I'm sure that it was a factor.

"Should you consider that what you are about to do may help elect Donald Trump president?"

Comey said that part of the reason he chose to write a book about his experiences was to share his perspective, and he hopes readers "try to realize that I'm not trying to help a candidate or hurt a candidate; I'm trying to do the right thing".

"I paused, after which I discussed, 'Thanks for asking that question".

And as New York's Jonathan Chait recently reminded us, Comey's political assumption was widely shared throughout the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"Certainly not consciously, but I would be a fool to say it couldn't have had an impact on me".

Turning again to his childish taunts and nicknames, the president concluded (for now) by asserting that "Slippery James Comey, a man who always ends up badly and out of whack (he is not smart!), will go down as the WORST FBI Director in history, by far!"

Donald Trump launched into another Twitter tirade against James Comey on Sunday, hours before the broadcast of an extended interview with the fired former Federal Bureau of Investigation director about his interactions with the U.S. president.



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