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Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Comey Doesn't REGRET Disclosing Clinton Probe
Comey says Russia is still involved in US politics
FBI Director James Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that he doesn’t regret his decision to disclose the reopening of the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation in October of last year.
He told the panel that he thought concealing that information would have been “catastrophic.”
The FBI chief also said Russia is still involved in American politics, and agreed during questioning that Russia provides safe haven for cyber criminals.
When asked by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, Comey said that he does believe Russia is still involved in American politics.
Comey responded to pointed questions from Senator Dianne Feinstein about the FBI’s decision to write to Congressional leaders informing them that the FBI was reopening its probe into Clinton’s private e-mail server days before the 2016 presidential election.
Comey said it made him “mildly nauseous” to think that his decision affected the election.
“But honestly, it wouldn’t change the decision,” Comey said. “Everybody who disagrees with me has to come back to October 28th with me, and stare at this, and tell me what you would do. Would you speak? Or would you conceal?”
Comey maintained that he did not treat disclosures about investigations into Hillary Clinton’s emails and potential connections between the Trump campaign and Russia differently.
Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy said Comey went public just before the election to talk about reopening the Clinton email case, but did not reveal the investigation into the Trump campaign.
Comey says both cases were treated consistently. He says he only told lawmakers about the reopening of the Clinton email investigation because he had testified before Congress that the probe had been closed. Comey says that other than revealing the Trump investigation exists, no other information would be discussed until it is closed.
Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said Comey’s explanation for why he disclosed details about the Clinton email investigation is a ‘‘poor characterization’’ of the choice.
Schiff said Comey’s decisions to talk publicly about the Clinton probe and not say anything about the Trump investigation was a violation of FBI policy.
Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.