In her first live television interview since losing the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton appeared on NBC’s “Today” show Wednesday morning and claimed if it had not been for FBI director James Comey, she could’ve won.
“What’s the biggest cause of your loss? What part’s Comey, what part is Russia, what part is you?” Clinton was asked.
“The determining factor was the intervention by Comey on October 28,” Clinton responded. “It stopped my momentum, it drove voters from me,” she added.
Clinton described her outrage over the letter Comey sent, saying she learned about the letter Comey sent while on the campaign plane.
“I was just dumbfounded. I thought, what is he doing? The investigation was closed, I know there’s no new information. I’ve certainly given everything of any relevance to them. And then it became clear, this was not necessary. He could’ve called me up. He could’ve called others involved up, and said, ‘Hey, can we look at this new stuff, just to make sure it’s stuff we’ve seen before?’
“Absolutely, have at it! But no, he had to write the letters to Congress, of which immediately were leaked. So, I feel very strongly that he went way beyond his role in doing what he did,” she alleged.
She then flipped to the Trump campaign.
“What really was shocking to me, ” Clinton added, “is that when it finally became clear that there was an ongoing investigation into the Trump campaign and associates for potential connections with Russia… we didn’t know about that before the election. And even after the election, when he (Comey) was asked, ‘Why didn’t you tell the American people about that?’ he said, ‘It was too close to the election.'”
President Trump later fired Comey from his role as FBI director, but Clinton alleged he was “fired for the wrong reason.”
“He should have been disciplined for the way he behaved on the e-mail investigation,” Clinton said.
Full interview below.
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