FBI Director James Comey questioned by Senate Judiciary Committee

Audrey Hill
May 4, 2017

"I was the candidate.I am very aware of the challenges, the problems, the shortfalls that we had", she said.

Under fire from Democrats, FBI Director James Comey insisted during repeated questions Wednesday he was consistent in disclosing information about an investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails before Election Day while keeping quiet about a probe into possible contacts between Russian Federation and the Donald Trump's campaign.

FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday that he had no good options when it came to deciding whether to notify Congress 11 days before the presidential election that the bureau was reopening its investigation into Hillary Clinton's email practices.

That said, in a different part of the hearing, Comey said, under oath, that he has never leaked information to press or authorized any aides to do so about Clinton or anything involving President Trump.

"If the election had been on October 27, I would be your President", she told CNN's Christiane Amanpour at a Women for Women International event in NY on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Graham, who is leading his own investigation into Russia's interference in the election, said he still wants Comey to answer whether the FBI issued any warrants against the Trump campaign - a question he asked months ago. While the letter's effect on the election is impossible to ascertain, some Democrats have derided the decision, especially given that the FBI's subsequent review did not lead it to change its previous conclusions about Clinton.

On Tuesday night, Trump attacked Comey's handling of the Clinton investigation. "It wasn't just the Comey letter".

Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas backed Comey's actions, calling it "sad" for people to "condemn" him for telling lawmakers about the emails. "Concealing, in my view, would be catastrophic".

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The FBI is investigating possible collusion between Trump surrogates and the Russian government.

Director James Comey during questioning by the Senate Judiciary Committee agreed that Russian Federation provides safe haven for cyber criminals.

Later in the hearing, under questioning from Democratic Sen.

"No, that was not my intention", Comey told the US Senate Judiciary Committee when asked if he gave Clinton a free pass. Some Republicans defended Comey's actions and pressed him to reveal what evidence underpins accusations of Trump campaign contacts with Russian Federation.

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

"The most important investigation the FBI is now conducting is into Russia's interference in our last presidential election", Sen.

Comey says it made him - in his words - "mildly nauseous" to think he might've had an influence on the 2016 election, as many Democrats believe.

Axelrod first said that he believed Comey's letter may have played a role in the loss before turning to her campaign's errors. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock.

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