Axelrod Slams Hillary: Stop Making Excuses for Election Loss, 'Move On'

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In that time, Comey touched on a variety of subtopics and revealed a lot of his thinking that had gone on behind the scenes.

"She has a legitimate beef because Comey's letter was instrumentalist I think in her defeat, so in a narrow sense she's right about it", Axelrod said. "And honestly, as between 'really bad" and 'catastrophic, ' I said to my team, 'We've gotta walk into the world of really bad". "The department can not, by itself, credibly end this, '" Comey said.

What led the FBI to revisit the investigation was the discovery of thousands of emails on a laptop belonging to the former congressman who was married to a top Clinton aide.

But Hillary Clinton also told the group that she takes "absolute personal responsibility" for losing the election. So we're going to get more presumably in the book.

In a detailed, at times emotional explanation of his actions, Comey laid out the sequence of events that he said led to his July 5 news conference, his October 28 letter to Congress and a follow-up letter three days before the election.

But alas, Comey said, the bureau had no reason to believe Huma Abedin had any criminal intent in mishandling sensitive emails.

"Somebody should be prosecuted for letting Anthony Weiner have access to classified intelligence", Sen.

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"That's a judgment for the deputy attorney general on this matter and not something I should be commenting on", Comey responded. He said the FBI's responses have had several "material inconsistencies". Mike Conaway of Texas, Tom Rooney of Florida and Trey Gowdy of SC. The Russian government has denied all concerned accusations repeatedly.

Comey is appearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee for a routine oversight hearing.

Members of the House intelligence committee will get a second round of questioning in with FBI Director James Comey on Thursday - this time behind closed doors - after weeks of wrangling that nearly knocked the House Russia investigation off-track.

When Leahy pressed him and asked if there was an ongoing investigation, Comey answered in the affirmative. "Classified information is being given to media that could have a devastating effect on US FIND NOW".

The FBI chief has said it makes him "mildly nauseous" to think reopening a probe into Clinton emails tipped the United States election.

"Look, this is bad". Comey said, "look this was bad it makes me mildly nauseous to think we might of had some impact on the election but honestly it wouldn't change the decision".

The FBI director acknowledged recent months have been hard. Once he did that, and once he came into possession of significant evidence that would have to be examined by the FBI, Comey had a duty to notify Congress to amend his initial testimony, which was no longer true.