Senators to hear from Comey amid FBI's Russian Federation investigation

Posted May 04, 2017

FBI director James Comey defended his decision to announce a fresh investigation into Hillary Clinton's email controversy in the closing weeks of last year's USA presidential campaign, telling a Senate committee on Wednesday that classified Clinton emails had been forwarded to former congressman Anthony Weiner.

He said he'd felt "mildly nauseous" to think he might have tipped the election outcome but in hindsight would change nothing.

Sen. Lindsey Graham's interrogation of FBI Director James Comey in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday revealed that Russian Federation has continuing influence on the United States government beyond the recent presidential election.

"It wasn't a flawless campaign, but I was on the way to winning until a combination of Comey's letter and Russian WikiLeaks", the Democrat said of her loss to Mr Donald Trump. "If he wants to tweet about me then I am happy to be the diversion because we have a lot of things to worry about".

Plus, he said, his agents weren't optimistic that they could finish reviewing the thousands of emails on the laptop before the election, and could not rule out that they would find evidence of "bad intent".

"I sat there that morning and could not see a door labeled, 'No action here, '" Comey said.

Mr Comey's announcement of a fresh investigation on October 28th and the WikiLeaks controversy "raised doubts in minds of people who were inclined to vote for me but got scared off", Mrs Clinton said in an interview in NY on Tuesday.

FBI Director James Comey prepares to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 3, 2017, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing: "Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

"I'm a Patriots fan, and I think if games ended in the third quarter, there would have been a different team here [at the White House]", he said.

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Mrs Clinton took personal responsibility for the campaign's mistakes, but did not question her strategy or staff.

Blumenthal later asked if Comey would commit to explaining the Trump-Russia probe the same way he explained the Clinton email investigation when it closed.

FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday that the radical transparency group WikiLeaks should not be considered a legitimate journalistic organization because it trafficked in "intelligence porn" and sought to damage the United States.

Senator Dianne Feinstein, ranking member on the committee, led the Democrats in hammering Comey with questions about why he went public with the Clinton probe but kept silent on an investigation related to the Republican candidate, Donald Trump.

Comey was asked if he was looking into whether FBI agents may have leaked information about the Clinton investigation. But, Comey said, they determined there was no criminal intent from either one and decided not to seek charges.

The director also repeated his confirmation that the bureau was investigating possible connections between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Bill Clinton and Lynch said they discussed their grandchildren during the tarmac meeting, which lasted about 30 minutes.

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