In July 2016, Comey said that while Clinton's actions were "extremely careless", he would not recommend charges against her.
FBI Director James Comey told Congress Wednesday that he feels "mildly nauseous" that the FBI might have affected the outcome of the presidential election.
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.
Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey on Wednesday defended his decision to announce previous year that the agency had reopened an investigation into former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's emails, saying not doing so would have been "an act of concealment". He said on October 27, a team presented him with evidence that thousands of previously undiscovered Clinton emails were found on former congressman Anthony Weiner's laptop.
In a speech at the Women for Women International luncheon in New York City on Tuesday, Clinton laid part of the blame for her 2016 loss on Comey.
Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee that one reason for the FBI's renewed interest in Clinton's emails ahead of the November 8 election was that investigators had found emails, some of which were classified, forwarded by Clinton's assistant Huma Abedin to her husband who was not authorized to see such information.
Comey had confirmed that the FBI is investigating the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 election and "the nature of any links" or connections between Trump campaign associates and the Kremlin.
Nor does the distinction he has sought to make between the "open" Trump investigation and the "closed" Clinton investigation hold up to scrutiny.
While Trump at one point said he accepted the intelligence finding that Russian Federation was behind the hacking and leaking of Democratic emails, he has pulled back from that conclusion in recent days.
Feinstein pushed back on Comey, saying that everyone knew that the letter would have a massive impact, and that the election was "lost" as a result. Patrick Leahy asked Comey about Giuliani's comments prior to the election that he had inside knowledge about the email investigation. But he said he decided it would have been "catastrophic" to keep silent, especially when he had testified under oath that the investigation had been concluded and had promised to advise lawmakers if the probe needed to be reopened.
The U.S. intelligence community has blamed Moscow for orchestrating a campaign to hack Democratic political organizations and release stolen information to undermine faith in the democratic process and candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign.
"To not speak about it would require an act of concealment in my view.Concealing, in my view, would be catastrophic", he said.
In response to these allegations, Comey says it makes him "mildly nauseous" to think his actions swayed the election, but in hindsight he would've made the same choice.
In his response to questioning by Sen. "This isn't just about understanding Russian interference and potential coordination of some kind with the Trump campaign". (Comey confirmed for the first time in March that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been investigating those since July of last year).