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Comey reportedly wishes he'd found 'better way' to describe Clinton's email use

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In his book "A Higher Loyalty", scheduled for public release next week but excerpts of which were published by news organizations Thursday, he defends his decision to tell Congress in October 2016, just weeks before the election, that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was re-opening its probe of Mrs. Clinton's handling of classified information using a private email server as secretary of state.

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Even though Federal Bureau of Investigation decided not to refer rsquo Clinton & case for prosecution, Democrats explained Comey & rsquo; s announcement damaged her with Republicans directly ahead of the election plus he faced complaints his moves were politically determined. But he said he also believed Clinton would still prove victorious.

But Lynch, Comey says, didn't offer any direct endorsement of his decision during a meeting right before the election, on October 31.

Since losing the election, Clinton has blamed Comey, in part, for her loss. The Republican National Committee plans an aggressive response to an upcoming memoir by fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.

The controversy involved Clinton'once she had been secretary of condition beneath Barack Obama, for example for messages that have been determined to include classified 39, using a private email server for official correspondence.

In fact, Comey paints a picture that's arguably a tad too descriptive about a physical interaction he had with ex-Attorney General Loretta Lynch, recalling the experience as awkward and particularly tense.

"I$3 f I had it to do over again, I would do some things differently". "That was so bad what happened originally, and it took guts for Director Comey to make the move that he made in light of the kind of opposition he had where they're trying to protect her from criminal prosecution", Trump said.