Comey Confirms That Hillary Clinton's Inevitability Was Her Undoing

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In addition to its evisceration of Trump - who is repeatedly likened to a mafia boss and labelled "unethical, and untethered to the truth and institutional values" - A Higher Loyalty offers a painstaking recounting of the Clinton emails saga, which Comey calls "this terrible case". A lot of them have been damning accusations or insults about Trump's White House, but the book also reportedly delves deep into his handling of the Clinton investigation, The Guardian reported Friday.

He wrote: "Assuming, as almost everyone did, that Hillary Clinton would be elected president of the United States in less than two weeks, what would happen to the FBI, the Justice Department or her own presidency if it later was revealed, after the fact, that she still was the subject of an FBI investigation?"

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. But he said he also believed Clinton would still prove victorious. Comey ended up not recommending charges, but told Congress that he was reopening the probe just several days before the election because messages were discovered in an unrelated probe into Anthony Weiner, the husband of Clinton's right-hand woman Huma Abedin. 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.

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Former FBI Director James Comey made a decision to go public with the bureau's 2016 investigation into Hillary Clinton's email, in part because he wanted to prevent the former Secretary of State from being perceived as "illegitimate" if she prevailed in the general election, Comey told ABC News in an interview.

Clinton has said Comey "forever changed history" with his election interventions. "Hindsight is always helpful, and if I had to do it over again, I would do some things differently", he wrote. The former Secretary of State and her supporters have blamed Comey's 11th hour disclosure of the investigation for her loss.

Mr. Comey said the F.B.I. did not contradict the Clinton campaign at the time because it was not yet appropriate to publicly confirm an investigation.