Former FBI Director James Comey says he would still send the letter effectively re-opening an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails 11 days before the 2016 election — even if he had known it would help Donald Trump win the election.
Comey made the remark during an interview ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that aired Sunday, saying a close aide at the FBI has asked the same question.
“I would. I would. In fact, that was a question asked by one of my best people — a deputy general counsel in the FBI who is a very thoughtful and quiet person, who didn’t speak a lot. And that — that morning we were making that decision, she asked, ‘Should you consider that what you’re about do to may help elect Donald Trump president?'”
Comey said he paused and thanked her for the question.
“‘That’s a great question. But the answer is not for a moment because down that path lies the death of the FBI as an independent force in American life. If I ever start considering whose political fortunes will be affected by a decision, we’re done. We’re no longer that group in America that is apart from the partisans, and that can be trusted. We’re just another player in the — in the tribal battle.”
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