The decision made by the FBI leadership to look back into the Hillary Clinton email investigation shortly before the presidential election was affected by James Comey’s faith in her impending victory, the agency’s former director himself said during an exclusive interview with ABC News three days ahead of the release of his book titled A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership.
"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.
According to him, it appeared obvious at the time that Hillary Clinton was "going to be elected president", thus making him reason that burying the investigation might make her "illegitimate the moment she’s elected, the moment this comes out."
Many social media users however took a dim view of Comey’s revelations and of his book as a whole.
James Comey admits in his new book that he regrets calling Hillary Clinton's handling of classified information "extremely careless."— Educating Liberals (@Education4Libs) 15 апреля 2018 г.
He should have said “she is a criminal & we will be prosecuting her to the fullest extent of the law.”
Too bad he’s a spineless coward.
Imagine the irony of Comey, calling Trump a mob boss, while burying mob queen Hillary's mountainous evidence of criminal activity.— PinkAboutIt 🇺🇸 (@Pink_About_it) 15 апреля 2018 г.
It's almost like its mobception 🤔🤔🤔😁
James Comey was so salty after getting fired he wrote a book in the hopes of being invited to Hillary’s next what happened book signing at Costco. 😂😂— Oliver McGee PhD MBA (@OliverMcGee) 14 апреля 2018 г.
Earlier, US President Donald Trump himself had a few unflattering remarks to make about Comey on Twitter.
….untruthful slime ball who was, as time has proven, a terrible Director of the FBI. His handling of the Crooked Hillary Clinton case, and the events surrounding it, will go down as one of the worst “botch jobs” of history. It was my great honor to fire James Comey!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 13 апреля 2018 г.
In her book What Happened, Hillary Clinton blamed former FBI Director James Comey for having an impact on her loss in the presidential race by announcing his intent to reopen a previously closed investigation related to her activities as government official.
During her tenure as the US Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, Hillary Clinton used a private server and email accounts for official business, which became the focus of an official FBI investigation into the potential mishandling of classified information. The agency however closed the investigation in July 2016, and concluded that while Clinton was "extremely careless," it would not recommend filing any charges.
On October 28 that same year however, mere days before the election, then-Director of the FBI James Comey sent a letter to congress declaring that the agency would be looking back at the email investigation.