Hillary Clinton: Comey action 'determining factor' in loss

Elias Hubbard
September 14, 2017

The former secretary of state said she couldn't understand why Comey stepped into the election to discuss the investigation into her emails but did not disclose an FBI investigation into Trump's campaign and Russian meddling.

"Absent that, I believe and I think the evidence shows, I would've won", she said.

Clinton said she does agree that President Donald Trump should have fired Comey, but she thinks he was sacked for the wrong reasons.

"It drove voters from me, understandably", Clinton said of Comey's letter.

"I think that in terms of my personal defeat was the most important factor", added the former secretary of state.

The former Democratic nominee blames the fired FBI director - who she describes as "rash" in her book - for mishandling the investigation into her use of a private email server.

"He should not have been fired for Russia", Clinton said.

"I went from 26 points ahead to 13 points ahead, and I needed about 18 points in order to be sure to win Pennsylvania", Clinton expressed, referencing the FBI's re-opening of the email investigation.

Jonathan Allen, one of the co-authors of the Clinton campaign tell-all "Shattered", said Clinton writes about taking responsibility and her weaknesses as a candidate, but the underlying theme of her book is that she lost the election primarily because of Comey and Vladimir Putin.

But she denied that she made enough mistakes herself to lose last year's election.

While making the rounds to promote her new book What Happened, Hillary Clinton has been talking about the things, big and small, that have helped her move on from the presidential election. "In my more introspective moments, I do recognize that my campaign in 2016 lacked the sense of urgency and passion that I remember from" Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign. In it, she said of Comey's intervention: "It wasn't healthy or productive to dwell on the ways I felt I'd been shivved".

Meanwhile, the White House weighed in Tuesday on Clinton's book, with Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders telling reporters that she's not sure whether the president plans to read the book since he's "pretty well-versed on what happened". In promotion of her memoir "What Happened", released September 12, Clinton reveals that she's found a new source of strength - and it's on her yoga mat.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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