Tue, 16 Oct 2018

Trump attacks Comey for saying he believed Clinton would win

By Sheetal Sukhija, Washington State News
16 Apr 2018, 04:30 GMT+10

WASHINGTON, U.S. - The U.S. President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Sunday morning to attack the former FBI Director James Comey, who has been the centre of all controversy in the political centre of the country in recent days. 

Trump thrashed Comey on Sunday morning for saying his belief that Hillary Clinton would win the 2016 presidential election played a role in the way he handled the investigation into her use of a private email server as secretary of state.

Trump wrote, "Unbelievably, James Comey states that Polls, where Crooked Hillary was leading, were a factor in the handling (stupidly) of the Clinton Email probe. In other words, he was making decisions based on the fact that he thought she was going to win, and he wanted a job. Slimeball!"

Trump’s statement came hours before Comey was to make a highly anticipated television experience to promote his new book, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership.”

The interview was supposed to be his first televised sit-down interview since he was fired by the President last year. 

In the controversial book, Comey offers a scathing, critical depiction of the President, writing that Trump is "unethical and untethered to the truth.”

He has also compared Trump’s presidency to a "forest fire."

In July 2016, Comey announced in July 2016 that he would not recommend charges in the investigation of Clinton's email practices. 

However, in a move that became controversial, Comey told Congress just days before the election that the FBI was reviewing additional emails in relation to the investigation. 

Then, in early November, Comey then informed lawmakers that those emails did not warrant any further action, prompting instant backlash.

On Saturday, a clip that was released showed George Stephanopoulos asking Comey about his motivations in revealing that information to Congress.

Stephanopoulos reportedly 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?" 

He added. "It must have been. I don't remember consciously thinking about that, but it must have been. I was operating in a world where Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump. I'm sure that it was a factor. I don't remember spelling it out, but it had to have been. 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."

Meanwhile, Comey also expresses a similar sentiment in the book and writes, "It is entirely possible that, because I was making decisions in an environment where Hillary Clinton was sure to be the next president, my concern about making her an illegitimate president by concealing the restarted investigation bore greater weight than it would have if the election appeared closer or if Donald Trump were ahead in all polls."

Clinton herself has cited Comey's handling of the email probe as a reason she lost the election.

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