Clin­ton blames Comey for de­feat

The Myanmar Times - - World -

HIL­LARY Clin­ton has blamed FBI di­rec­tor James Comey for her loss in the US pres­i­den­tial race, claim­ing that re­open­ing the probe into her email use broke the mo­men­tum to­ward vic­tory.

The for­mer Demo­cratic nom­i­nee told fundrais­ers and donors in a con­fer­ence call that Mr Comey’s two let­ters to Congress on the probe had tilted cru­cial states to­wards Repub­li­can Don­ald Trump, US me­dia re­ported.

“There are lots of rea­sons why an elec­tion like this is not suc­cess­ful,” Ms Clin­ton told her na­tional fi­nance com­mit­tee, a per­son on the call told on­line mag­a­zine Quartz.

“But our anal­y­sis is that Jim Comey’s let­ter rais­ing doubts that were ground­less [and] base­less – and proven to be – stopped our mo­men­tum.”

On Oc­to­ber 28 – less than two weeks be­fore Elec­tion Day – Mr Comey dropped a bomb­shell by in­form­ing Congress the FBI was look­ing once more into Ms Clin­ton’s con­tro­ver­sial email prac­tices as sec­re­tary of state af­ter new mes­sages were un­cov­ered.

His sec­ond let­ter, on Novem­ber 6, just three days be­fore the elec­tion, stated that the FBI’s re­view of the new emails had un­cov­ered no wrong­do­ing, and that the bureau had not changed its July rec­om­men­da­tion not to charge Ms Clin­ton.

While the first let­ter re­opened old wounds and re­minded vot­ers of the con­tro­versy, the sec­ond let­ter, according to Ms Clin­ton, had the per­verse ef­fect of en­er­gis­ing ri­val Don­ald Trump’s base, Quartz re­ported.

The let­ters came just as Ms Clin­ton was build­ing mo­men­tum fol­low­ing strong per­for­mances at all three pres­i­den­tial de­bates, and af­ter the re­lease of a dam­ag­ing record­ing of Mr Trump boast­ing about grop­ing women.

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