There were many interesting moments during the James Comey special interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos but one that may stand out from the rest is when Comey admits that he reopened the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server in October 2017 because he assumed she would win the election, reports The Daily Wire.
Comey openly admits that although he claims he tries working with no political bias while acting as the FBI director, he in fact was thinking and perhaps hoping all along that Hillary Clinton would become president and has admitted that’s why he reopened the investigation into her emails.
Stephanopoulos asked Comey that he must have thought at some point that Clinton may win the election because Comey says he did not want this email scandal to then discredit her as a legitimate president if she did win.
“But at some level, wasn’t the decision to reveal influenced by your assumption that Hillary Clinton was going to win?” Stephanopoulos asked.
“It must have been. I don’t remember consciously thinking about that, but it must have been,” Comey responded. “Because I was operating in a world where Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump.”
“And so I’m sure that it was a factor,” Comey continued. “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.”
Stephanopoulos continues and of course, brings up that Clinton herself has said that she blames Comey in large part for her defeat in the election because he did reopen the case so close to the end of the election.
Comey says that he “sure hopes not,” and that by reading his book he hopes Clinton supporters realize that by reopening the case he simple was just “trying to do the right thing,” and not allow a crook like Hillary into office if she was a liar and jeopardizing state security by having her illegal email server.
Comey suggests he released the letter saying he was reopening the investigation into Hillary in October 2017 because it was his assumption she was going to win.
“If I hide this…she’ll be illegitimate the moment she’s elected, the moment this comes out.” pic.twitter.com/muKuEDJ790
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