Dana Milbank: Bill Clinton cost his wife the presidency


Dana Milbank: Bill Clinton cost his wife the presidency

FBI Director James Comey said on Wednesday it made him "mildly nauseous" to think his announcement of the reopening of an investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails affected the 2016 presidential election, but he had no regrets and would make the same decision again.

"Big picture, the evidence on that issue of the effect of the Federal Bureau of Investigation letter on the election, the evidence in terms of the corpus of public polls is weak", Courtney Kennedy, a pollster with Pew Research, said at a press conference on Thursday.

"'Mildly nauseous' doesn't sound like he was too nauseated by it", Feinstein said.

During the hearing, the FBI chief was repeatedly grilled by lawmakers asking him why he revealed the Clinton investigation, but stayed quiet about the Trump-Russia probe during the campaign.

"It's no secret, Comey doesn't get invited to many parties on Capitol Hill", Sen.

He also said the Russians remain up their old tricks.

"I wish he would come clean and say he didn't have to do this [Clinton announcement]", he said Wednesday on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront".

Comey said the FBI confirmed the investigation into Clinton's email server in October 2015, and then "said not another word, not a peep about it until we were finished".

"The fact that these communications were intercepted without any showing of wrongdoing on the part of the USA person, without necessarily showing that US person had anything to do with the national security investigation at issue, does that cause you concern that that could involve nearly a back doorway of going after communications by US persons in which they have a reasonably expectation of privacy?"

FBI Director James Comey discusses the impact of technology on the work of law enforcement at a Brookings Institution event on October 16, 2014.

Director James Comey during questioning by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday agreed that Russian Federation provides safe haven for cyber criminals. "We could not prove that the people sending that [classified] information were acting with any kind of criminal intent".

"Yes, I do think it played a role", she said, adding that misogyny is "very much a part of the landscape politically, socially and economically".

"On a number of occasions you chose to comment directly and extensively on that investigation", Sen.

FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers were quizzed for more than two hours behind closed doors on Thursday by members of the House intelligence committee investigating Russian meddling in the presidential election.

Today, the New York Times reported that in the FBI, "senior officials urged him [Director Comey] not to tell Congress" of reopening the Clinton investigation for fear that it would indeed affect the election-negatively for Clinton and thus positively for Trump.

"I don't know what we'll say when we're done, but that's how we handled the Clinton investigation, as well", Comey said.

Clinton's PAC will be created to lift politicians and groups that energise the anti-Trump resistance campaign. Comey said he looks forward to telling more of his side of the story as he continues to draw bipartisan criticism.