'Really bad' or 'catastrophic': Comey defends Clinton choice

Last year's now-infamous airport tarmac meeting between then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton was a crucial moment for FBI Director James Comey, he said Wednesday, marking the moment he decided that the Department of Justice was not capable of an independent investigation into Hillary Clinton.

"It makes me mildly nauseous to think we had some kind of impact on this election", he said.

Speaking at a Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on Capitol Hill, Comey said he struggled with the initial choice and felt dismayed if his actions had any effect on the outcome of the race.

Said Bolton on Comey, "I thought he should have been fired on January 20th. We did over #Vault7 and I know he knows it", Assange tweeted.

Speaking at times with a raised voice, Comey said he faced two hard decisions when agents told him they had found emails potentially connected to the Clinton case on a laptop belonging to former Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., who was married to close Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Wednesday hit back at Hillary Clinton's assertion that she would have won if not for late-in-the-game interference from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and WikiLeaks, saying "you don't get to pick what day the election is on".

But, he said, "concealing would be catastrophic".

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

Under questioning from the ranking Democrat, California Sen.

"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.




What was the second investigation into Clinton's emails about?

FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday that his bureau is looking into whether there were possible internal leaks to Rudy Giuliani, promising "severe consequences" if there were.

Sen. Al Franken, a Minnesota Democrat, asked Comey if he could explain what the FBI was investigating regarding former Trump adviser Roger Stone's contacts with Guccifer 2.0 - an online operator determined by U.S. intelligence to be Russian hackers.

"To not speak about it would require an act of concealment in my view", Comey said.

The investigation into connections between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign is still open.

And yet that's not the only investigation Comey has confirmed of late. Have they said anything?

He strongly criticized WikiLeaks, the secret-spilling website that published emails from Democratic accounts that intelligence officials say were hacked by Russian Federation. "Just push it out in order to damage". A man who says he doesn't want him or his agency to generate headlines in fact generated plenty of them when, in March, he confirmed to a House Intelligence Committee hearing that the FBI is investigating connections between the Russian government and Trump's campaign.

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