Former FBI head: assumption Clinton would win a factor in email probe

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Former FBI head: assumption Clinton would win a factor in email probe

"Had it become public, the unverified material would undoubtedly have been used by political opponents to cast serious doubt on the attorney general's independence in connection with the Clinton investigation", Comey writes, without further elaboration. And then he answered with a resounding: "No".

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.

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. While stopping short of regret, Comey does admit faults in his conduct of the affair. Comey said it, "must have been".

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

ABC News' George Stephanopoulos asked if Comey's assumption that Clinton would win the presidency in 2016 was a factor in his decision to send a letter to Congress in October claiming additional emails had been discovered related to the email investigation, days before the election. "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". "I don't remember consciously thinking about that, but it must have been".

But months later, just days before the November election, he publicly disclosed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had reopened the Clinton probe to review additional emails that had been recovered.

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"I knew this was going to suck for me" to hold the summer press conference, he writes. "From the Republican side would come more allegations of justice department incompetence or corruption".

He goes on to say the material is "a development still unknown to the American public to this day".

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

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