"Should (Comey) have done it?"
Comey, who was nominated to head up the FBI by Barack Obama in 2013, isn't really being accused of anything - but is facing a grilling from a committee of cross-party senators about his handling of the investigations into Clinton's email server and potential Russian collusion with Trump's election campaign. "I would make the same decision", Comey, 56, said. "The activity I'm talking about - WikiLeaks - involves no such considerations whatsoever".
What has Comey said about the Russian Federation investigation?
"That's something that I can't answer here", Comey replied. In my opinion, that makes Director Comey's debacle worse than I thought. "And I think that's good".
I don't know yet.
"'Mildly nauseous' doesn't sound like he was too nauseated by it", Feinstein said. I respect that about him.
Then, just two days before the November 8 election, Comey again injected the Clinton-server issue into the campaign by announcing that he was once more closing the inquiry.
Hillary Clinton pauses as she addresses her staff and supporters about the results of the U.S. election at a hotel in the Manhattan borough of NY, U.S., November 9, 2016.
"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", Comey said. So that argument doesn't hold up.
"Today's hearing provided our committee members with a valuable opportunity to ask follow up questions from the open hearing we convened with Directors Comey and Rogers a month ago".
Democrats - including Clinton herself - have pointed to Comey's probe as what cost them the White House.
Comey said the investigation includes the nature of any links between individuals associated with President Donald Trump's campaign and the Russian government, and whether there was any coordination between Russia's efforts and the Trump campaign.
Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., peppered Comey with questions about whether Assange had been charged with a crime in the United States. "It's outrageous he is defending himself like this. this is a man not taking responsibility".
She reminded the enthusiastic audience packed with women that she earned 3 million more votes than Republican Donald Trump, who won more Electoral College votes and won the election.
Indeed, on October 7, The Upshot, The New York Times' daily tracking of the election's odds, gave Clinton an 82 percent chance of winning, a prospect that brightened to 92 percent by October 27 before sliding after Comey's announcement to 85 percent on Election Day.
Trump tweeted Wednesday, "The phony Trump/Russia story was an excuse used by the Democrats as justification for losing the election".
Leahy wanted to know if the Federal Bureau of Investigation had sniffed out anyone who had talked to Giuliani, a top surrogate for President Trump's campaign.
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