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

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Former FBI Director James Comey explained his premise that Hillary Clinton would win the 20-16 presidential election proved to be a factor in starting a question to her mails, according to part of an ABC interview broadcast Saturday.

"James Comey has done something remarkable", he said.

The interview is tied to the release of Comey's book, "A Highly Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership", scheduled to be released on Monday.

As palpably unhappy as he is with the Trump presidency, Comey's soul-searching about his election conduct does not culminate in a dream of a do-over. That revelation came more than three months after Comey said at a press conference that the Federal Bureau of Investigation would not be charging Clinton.

Trump initially pointed to Comey's handling of the Clinton investigation as the reason for his dismissal, though he later acknowledged that he had considered the FBI's probe into possible collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation as part of his decision to fire the top cop. In his new book, Comey admits he has some regrets about Clinton's private email server investigation.

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".

"I$3 f I had it to do over again, I would do some things differently. I would stay away from the "Seacresting" mistake by saying at first of my assertion that we weren't recommending bills", he acknowledged consistent with Axios.

Sitting down with ABC news during the promotional tour for his book, Comey said that he anxious, "if I hide this from the American people, she'll be illegitimate the moment she's elected, the moment this comes out".

He goes on to say the material is "a development still unknown to the American public to this day".

Indeed, when Mr. Comey was ready in October 2015 to publicly confirm the investigation, Loretta E. Lynch, President Barack Obama's attorney general, instructed him to call it a "matter" instead. Ms.

Much of the interview was devoted, as A Higher Loyalty presumably is, to attacks on President Trump.



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