James Comey admits polls were 'a factor' in email announcement

  • James Comey admits polls were 'a factor' in email announcement

James Comey admits polls were 'a factor' in email announcement

Conventional wisdom had Clinton winning the hotly contested general election, with the Democrat leading most national polls for months, only to lose the electoral college vote to Trump in November.

Former FBI Director James Comey believed Hillary Clinton would defeat Donald Trump in the 2016 election.

"Wasn't the decision to reveal influenced by your assumption that Hillary Clinton was going to win, and your concern that, she wins, this comes out several weeks later and then that's taken by her opponents as a sign that she's an illegitimate president?", Stephanopoulos asks.

Some outlets got their hands on copies of James Comey's upcoming book A Higher Loyalty, and while a lot of attention has been paid to President Donald Trump's attitude toward rule-of-law and the infamous pee tape, the fired FBI Director also had a less-than glowing attitude toward Obama-era Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

"Hindsight is always helpful, and if I had to do it over again, I would do some things differently", he writes.

Comey has said that he made the public announcement in part because he was concerned concealing the FBI's investigation would imply bias. Trump called Comey a "slime ball" on Friday.

Yet in his book, Comey admits that at the July 2016 news conference, in which he spoke for more than 10 minutes about Clinton's poor email practices before announcing that the Federal Bureau of Investigation would not recommend that she be prosecuted, he might have buried the lede. "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". "Still, the bitterly fought episode, parsing word choices, was only a small taste of what was to come, and many within the F.B.I. knew it", he wrote.

"I have read she has felt anger toward me personally, and I'm sorry for that", Comey writes of Clinton, according to ABC News.

Comey asserts that he didn't sense Lynch interfered with the investigation, even after the highly publicized Phoenix tarmac meeting between Lynch and former President Bill Clinton.

"But I believed - and still believe, even in hindsight - it was the best thing for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and for the Department of Justice" to go public about Clinton, he writes.