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Comey defends Clinton choice; says he had limited options

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Eleena Tovar | 04 May, 2017, 17:47

For Mr Trump's backers, on the other hand, it's much ado about nothing - an attempt, according to the president, to shift blame for electoral defeat away from the Democrats and onto the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"It was a hard choice, and I still believe in retrospect it was the right choice", he said. October 28 was the day Comey sent a letter to Congress, which quickly became public, saying that the FBI had "learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation" into Clinton's now-famous private email server.

After the hearing, Sen.

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"The election took place, Secretary Clinton lost and I just can't believe what happened". Weiner was being investigated separately for possible inappropriate communications with a minor.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Clinton advisor Huma Abedin forwarded some Hillary Clinton emails to her then-husband, Anthony Weiner.

Director Comey said the investigation was ongoing and declined to comment on whether President Trump, or anyone else, had been ruled out as a possible subject. Of those, agents found a dozen that contained classified information, but they were messages investigators had already seen.

Though the FBI was investigating how Weiner and Abedin may have mishandled classified information, the case was dropped after investigators couldn't prove how either of them violated the law, according to CNN. But, Comey said, they determined there was no criminal intent from either one and decided not to seek charges. "That was our burden, and we were unable to meet it", he said.

Three days before Election Day, Comey notified Congress that the emails on the laptop did not change the FBI's view of the case.

Democrats argued that by that point, Comey had critically damaged the Clinton campaign.

"If the election had been on October 27, I would be your president", she said at a Women for Women event in NY. But he said the only other choice, "concealment", would have been "catastrophic". "But honestly it wouldn't change the decision".

"With respect to the Russian Federation investigation, we treated it like we did with the Clinton investigation", Comey said.

"I want that inspection".

"And I realize, reasonable people as you said, struggle to draw a line".

'Did I hear about it?

He added that he thought the emails news would come out weeks before.

"A cloud of doubt hangs over the FBI's objectivity", Senate judiciary committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said in his opening remarks, "The public's faith in the FBI, Congress, and our democratic process has been tested lately".

David Axelrod won't deny that outside forces helped derail Hillary Clinton's presidential bid - but he says the former nominee shouldn't side-step the bulk of the blame.

Graham, a South Carolina Republican, spent roughly seven minutes grilling Comey on Russian influence in the USA government as well as terrorism issues and even ex-congressman Anthony Weiner.

"Certainly in my view, [Russia presents] the greatest threat of any nation on earth, given their intention and their capability", Mr. Comey said in response to a question during his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where lawmakers expressed concern over Russian activities in the cyberspace.