Former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey said his belief that Hillary Clinton would win the 2016 United States presidential election was “a factor” in the way he handled the investigation into her use of a private email server.
Comey told Congress just days before the U.S. election that the FBI was reviewing further emails in relation to the email probe that he said ended in July 2016, but in November said that the second wave of emails did not need further action.
In a clip released Saturday by ABC News ahead of an exclusive interview airing on Sunday night, George Stephanopoulos asks Comey about his motivations in revealing that information to Congress.
Stephanopoulos asks: “Wasn’t the decision to reveal influenced by your assumption that Hillary Clinton was going to win, and your concern that, she wins, this comes out several weeks later and then that’s taken by her opponents as a sign that she’s an illegitimate president?”
“It must have been,” Comey responds.
Mr. Comey is set to release a book next week detailing the U.S. president’s “mob boss” style of leadership and describing “the forest fire that is the Trump presidency”, reported the Washington Post.
Mr. Trump fired Comey from his top slot at the FBI last May and in its aftermath it emerged that the former director had kept detailed notes on his conversations with the president that may have detailed obstruction over the Michael Flynn probe.
After reports of the Comey memos emerged, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein hired former FBI chief Robert Mueller to lead the special counsel investigation into alleged Russian election meddling and possible collusion.
The ABC News interview featuring Comey will be aired on Sunday, kicking off the book tour for A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies & Leadership, already a bestseller on Amazon.
The Republican National Committee funded a website called ‘Lyon’ Comey’ that attempts to attack his credibility ahead of the book release.