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Politics Comey: Concealing the Clinton email probe status would have been 'catastrophic'

05:16  26 april  2018
05:16  26 april  2018 Source:   cnn.com

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Describing his decision as the best of two bad choices, former FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday that informing the public about the status of the Hillary Clinton investigation was better than the " catastrophic " option of keeping it secret ahead of the 2016 election.

"So as between bad and catastrophic , no matter where the polls are , you're going to have to always choose bad, and know you're going to get hammered for it, but know you had two choices and you chose the Senator questions changes made to Comey 's 2016 statement on Clinton email probe .

Describing his decision as the best of two bad choices, former FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday that informing the public about the status of the Hillary Clinton investigation was better than the "catastrophic" option of keeping it secret ahead of the 2016 election.

"So as between bad and catastrophic, no matter where the polls are, you're going to have to always choose bad, and know you're going to get hammered for it, but know you had two choices and you chose the least bad," Comey said at a CNN town hall.

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Describing his decision as the best of two bad choices, former FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday that informing the public about the status of the Hillary Clinton investigation was better than the " catastrophic " option of keeping it secret ahead of the 2016 election.

Concealing the Clinton email probe status would have been ' catastrophic ,' Comey says. "No matter my concerns about him, I want him to be successful. I would be so happy if there is a way to peace on the Korean peninsula.

As FBI director, Comey made the decision shortly before the election to tell Congress the bureau was re-opening its probe into the Democratic nominee's email practices as secretary of state, and on Wednesday acknowledged the criticism he continues to hear on that choice.

"It appears to a lot of folks, 'you treated the Hillary Clinton case different than the Russia case,'" Comey said.

Comey said it is "important to realize" that the Clinton investigation began via a public referral to the FBI, whereas the investigation into potential coordination between President Donald Trump's associates began as a small counterintelligence probe that did not include Trump.

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"Candidate Trump was not the subject of an FBI investigation," he said.

Comey acknowledged in his book that he could not be sure his belief that Clinton would win the 2016 election played into his decisions during the campaign. On Wednesday, he said that he would have made the same call on the email announcement regardless of the polls.

"The air I was breathing was, Hillary Clinton is going to be elected, but, this is something I don't think I make clear in the book, the answer would be the same," Comey said. "As between those two options, no matter where the polls stood, you can't conceal a material, huge change in facts from the American people when you've told them the opposite."

Comey’s memo leak contact worked at FBI for over a year, defended him in media on Clinton probe .
The Columbia law professor James Comey used as an intermediary to help leak details of sensitive memos worked as an FBI "special government employee" for at least 19 months – during which time he repeatedly defended the FBI director in media interviews amid the Hillary Clinton email probe. Fox News first reported last week that Daniel Richman was hired as a "special government employee," or SGE. Records reviewed by Fox News now show he signed the agreement as early as June 30, 2015. The former director previously told Fox News that Richman left the FBI in February 2017, meaning he served there for well over a year.

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