Federal Bureau of Investigation director says he's looking into possible leaks to Giuliani

US Federal Bureau of Investigation Director (FBI) James Comey yesterday defended his decision to announce a year ago that the agency had reopened an investigation into former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a personal e-mail server while she was secretary of state. "This was bad. It makes me mildly nauseous to think we might have had some impact on the election".

Comey said that he made a decision to reopen the probe because Federal Bureau of Investigation agents found "thousands" of e-mails from Clinton on the laptop of former lawmaker Anthony Weiner, who was married to Huma Abedin, one of the Democratic presidential nominee's closest political advisers.

The FBI obtained a warrant to search the laptop and sifted through thousands of emails, Mr Comey said, including ones with classified information that had been forwarded to the laptop by Ms Abedin to be printed out.

"I'm now back to being an activist citizen and part of the resistance", Clinton said in her sit-down with CNN's Christiane Amanpour. The phony.Trump/Russia story was an excuse used by the Democrats as justification for losing the election. "Perhaps Trump just ran a great campaign'".

"On a number of occasions you chose to comment directly and extensively on that investigation", Sen.

"The more information we have the better, from a law enforcement perspective", Comey replied. "I take absolute personal responsibility".

"It's still very unclear - and I hope director that you will clear this up - why the FBI's treatment of these two investigations was so dramatically different", she asked.

Comey added that not notifying Congress simply because it could influence the election would politicise the agency and result in the "death of the FBIs independent institution in America".

In an appearance before the House Intelligence Committee in March, Comey confirmed the FBI was investigating possible collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's presidential campaign. "I would have not have done it any differently", Comey said.

"If I were her, if I were advising her, I would say, 'Don't do this".

WASHINGTON-White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Wednesday that President Donald Trump stands by FBI Director James Comey, despite a series of Tweets Tuesday night in which the president claimed he had given Hillary Clinton a "free pass". "We didn't say a word about it until months into it, and then the only thing we've confirmed so far about this is the same thing with the Clinton investigation: that we are investigating, and I would expect we're not gonna say another peep about it until we're done". "We have high confidence that the North Koreans hacked Sony, we have high confidence that the Russians did the hacking of the DNC and the other organisations", he said.

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