On Wednesday, Hillary Clinton said she was “dumbfounded” by former FBI Director James Comey’s letter to Congress less than two weeks before the election that she says put the kibosh on her campaign.
In a letter sent just 11 days before voters were set to cast their votes, Comey told Congress “the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation,” referring to the Hillary Clinton email probe.
FBI Dir just informed me, "The FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation." Case reopened
— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) October 28, 2016
Then, just two days before the election, Comey admitted that those emails — which turned up in regards to an Anthony Wiener investigation — resulted in no new conclusion.
New Comey letter: FBI has not changed its conclusion regarding Clinton use of personal email server pic.twitter.com/IdKT1gweMf
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) November 6, 2016
Speaking to “Today” co-host Savannah Guthrie, Clinton said she was “stunned” by the letter and Comey’s actions just days before Nov. 8 and said he didn’t have to go about it that way.
“I didn’t know what to think about it, because I knew there was nothing there. We had trouble finding out what was really going on. I was just dumbfounded. I thought, ‘What is he doing?’ The investigation was closed. I know there’s no new information. I’d certainly given anything of any relevance to them,” she said.
She added: “And then it became clear, this was not necessary. He could’ve called me up. He could’ve called others involved up and said, ‘Hey, can we look at this new stuff just to make sure it’s stuff we’ve seen before?’ Absolutely, have at it. But no, he had to write letters to Congress, which immediately were leaked. I feel very strongly that he went way beyond his role in doing what he did.”
She also made the claim that Comey’s letter drove the last nail in her campaign coffin.
“I think the determining factor was the intervention by Comey on Oct. 28,” Clinton said, while promoting her new book. “It stopped my momentum. It drove voters from me.”
Hillary Clinton on Comey letter: “I was just dumbfounded. I thought what is he doing?…He could’ve called me up." pic.twitter.com/BJNoQPIgmU
— Nick Emmons (@nicknbcboston) September 13, 2017