Former FBI director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyComey says Trump reacted to news of Russian meddling by asking if it changed election resultsComey’s last stand for the deep stateColbert mocks ‘lyin’ Comey’ attack: ‘Trump already used that name on Ted Cruz’ MORE said he thinks his assumption that Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonNew Jersey governor declares ‘Bon Jovi Day’Clinton to fundraise alongside possible 2020 contendersComey’s last stand for the deep stateMORE would win the 2016 presidential election influenced decisions he made regarding the probe into the Democratic nominee’s email sever.
Comey was asked during an interview on ABC News for a response to Clinton saying Comey’s letter shortly before the election announcing the FBI was going to look back into the email investigation defeated her.
“I hope not,” Comey said during the interview.
He added that he hopes people will try to put themselves in his shoes. He said he was not trying to help or hurt a candidate, but was trying to do the right thing.
He was further pressed on whether his decision was influenced by his assumption that Clinton was going to win the 2016 presidential election.
“It must have been. I don’t remember consciously thinking about that, but it must have been because I was operating in a world where Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpRobert De Niro, Ben Stiller play Mueller and Cohen in ‘SNL’ parody of ‘Meet the Parents’Trump order targets wide swath of public assistance programsComey says Trump reacted to news of Russian meddling by asking if it changed election resultsMORE, and so I’m sure that it was a factor,” he said.
“I don’t remember spelling it out, but it had to have been, that she’s going to be elected president and if I hide this from the American people, she’ll be illegitimate the moment she’s elected, the moment this comes out,” he added.
Comey added that at the FBI, he could never consider whose political fortunes would be affected by a decision.
Clinton has in the past blamed her election loss on Comey.
She has said in the past she was on track to win until later October, when news broke that Comey had sent a letter to Congress announcing the FBI was reviewing additional emails regarding the investigation into her private email server.
Later, just before the election, Comey announced those emails contained no new information.