Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

FBI Director James Comey testifies about Clinton emails on Capitol Hill

FBI Director James Comey testifies about Clinton emails on Capitol Hill

In a brief statement afterward, the two leaders of the House investigation, Republican Rep. Mike Conaway and Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, thanked Comey and Rogers for showing up, but offered few details. House investigators signed off on a bipartisan list of three-four dozen witnesses last week and have been working to bring in former acting Attorney General Sally Yates for a public hearing.

Comey said he had the choice to either "speak" or "conceal".

"I can't consider for a second whose political futures will be affected and in what way", Comey said. "And I've lived my entire career by the tradition that if you can possibly avoid it, you avoid any action in the run-up to an election that might have an impact, whether it's a dog-catcher election or president of the United States".

"I was on the way to winning until a combination of Jim Comey's letter on October 28 and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me and got scared off", the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee said Tuesday in an interview conducted by CNN's Christiane Amanpour at the Women for Women International summit in NY. "But honestly, it wouldn't change the decision", he said. It makes me mildly nauseous to think that we might have made some impact on the election.

Not long after their meeting, Comey publicly chastised Hillary Clinton for using a private email in a news conference that laid the groundwork for the October surprise revelation by Comey that he was looking again at her emails.

My post yesterday was about FBI Director James Comey being questioned that day by a Senate committee hearing that was televised.

Comey said he chose to go public with his findings from the Hillary Clinton email investigation following former President Bill Clinton met privately with Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

On Tuesday, Clinton partly attributed her loss to Comey's disclosure to Congress less than two weeks before Election Day that the email investigation would be revisited.

"If the election had been on October 27, I would be your president", said Clinton toCNN host, Christiane Amanpour.

But Comey said that other than confirming the Clinton investigation existed, he did not discuss it until after it concluded a year ago. John Kennedy described FBI Director James Comey's social standing in Washington as "about as popular as cholera".

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

Republicans attacked him for allegedly going easy on Hillary Clinton in the course of the FBI's investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, and for government leaks to the media about alleged connections between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

"FBI Director Comey was the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton in that he gave her a free pass for many bad deeds!" he tweeted. The day after Comey's announcement, Nunes took a clandestine trip to the White House as part of a cascade of events that nearly derailed the House Russia investigation, but instead ended with the Nunes stepping aside from leading the investigation.

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.

Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's remarks about coal miners were "horrific" and "horrible", according to one Democratic senator. "I think this theory does not hold up when you look at other investigations".

Sen. Cory Booker, a New Jersey Democrat, also called Comey actions "unacceptable".

The notable exception in this fixed process has been Senator Chuck Grassley, who has opened a specific and promising investigation of the FBI's relationship to British agent Christopher Steele and the dodgy dossier as well as Fusion GPS, who employed Steele for opposition research on behalf of the Clinton campaign.

In January, the Justice Department's inspector general said he would investigate whether Comey violated department guidelines in his handling of the case.

During his wide ranging testimony, the Federal Bureau of Investigation head reiterated that he has still seen no evidence into Trump's claims that President Barack Obama surveilled Trump Tower ahead of the campaign.

The FBI chief said Russian Federation is still interested in trying to affect US politics, and he believes it "a certainty" that Moscow will try to influence the elections in 2018 and 2020. Comey said that to his mind, "it crosses a line when it moves from being about trying to educate a public and instead just becomes about intelligence porn, frankly, just pushing out information about sources and methods without regard to interests". He also warned that Russian Federation will likely attempt the same types of interference in the 2018 midterm elections.

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