James Comey admits polls were 'a factor' in email announcement

Comey feared making Clinton an “illegitimate president”

Comey: I Announced The Hillary Investigation Because Polls Showed Her Ahead

Comey wrote that he thought of calling for the appointment of a special prosecutor. "I'm sorry that I couldn't do a better job explaining to her and her supporters why I made the decisions I made".

Comey, who was terminated by Republican President Donald Trump last May, is doing a set of press interviews that coincide with the launch next week of his publication, & ldquo; A greater Loyalty: Lies Truth and Direction.

According to Axios, Comey writes in "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership" that there are things he wishes he had done differently in announcing that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was not recommending charges in its probe of Clinton's use of a private email server.

Even though Federal Bureau of Investigation decided not to refer rsquo Clinton & case for prosecution, Democrats explained Comey & rsquo; s announcement damaged her with Republicans directly ahead of the election plus he faced complaints his moves were politically determined. However, in the book Comey acknowledges that he assumed at the time that Clinton would win the election. The second is that James Comey's highly public insertion of the Clinton email issue into the media bloodstream on two occasions late in the contest hurt her decisively among swing voters and obscured the Hollywood Access scandal that had put the spotlight on Trump in a very damaging way. He also says that he wouldn't have changed his broader conduct, "but I can imagine good and principled people in my shows making different choices about some things".

Comey continued to serve as Federal Bureau of Investigation director under Trump until he was abruptly fired in May 2016.

"But", he wonders aloud, "I don't know".

In his book, Mr. Comey said he publicly announced the re-opening of the probe because he feared not doing so could make the future president look "illegitimate".

Trump initially pointed to Comey's handling of the Clinton investigation as the reason for his dismissal, though he later acknowledged that he had considered the FBI's probe into possible collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation as part of his decision to fire the top cop.

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