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Comey calls Clinton probe decision
‘one of the world’s most painful experiences’…
Clinton blames Comey, WikiLeaks
for election loss to Trump
VIDEO: Clinton talks election loss
CYBER/NATIONAL SECURITY ANALYST: Michael Daugherty, is a Senior Writer for Cyber Defense Magazine and is a Board Member at SnoopWall: The Global Leader in Affordable Breach Prevention. He is author of The Devil Inside the Beltway: The Shocking Expose of the US Government’s Surveillance and Overreach Into Cyber-security, Medicine and Small Business.
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“FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday offered his most forceful defense yet of his highly controversial decision to disclose the reopening of the Hillary Clinton email investigation 11 days before last fall’s presidential election.
Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Comey said he faced an agonizing choice at the time about whether to sit on the potentially momentous development or whether to share it with Congress. He chose to tell Congress — a move which many Democrats and political analysts believe delivered the White House to Donald Trump.
“This was terrible. It made me mildly nauseous to think that we might have had some impact on the election, but honestly, it wouldn’t change the decision,” Comey said.
“We honestly made a decision between those two, those two choices, that even in hindsight — and this has been one of the world’s most painful experiences — I would make the same decision. I would not conceal that, on Oct. 28, from the Congress.”
The FBI chief said that emails discovered on a laptop belonging to ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner could have contained crucial information related to the Clinton probe and initially appeared to be from a time frame where thousands of messages were missing. Comey said he’d normally keep such an investigative decision secret, but ultimately concluded he had a duty to keep Congress informed, as he said he would in earlier testimony.
“Speak would be really bad. There’s an election in 11 days. Lordy that would be really bad,” he recalled thinking. “Concealing in my view would be catastrophic, not just to the FBI but well beyond, and honestly, as between really bad and catastrophic, I said to my team, we’ve got to walk into the world of really bad.”
Comey acknowledged “a great debate” among his advisers, but said they all agreed with his ultimate decision. He said one junior attorney on his team did ask at the time if they should consider whether the disclosure to the Hill would tip the election to Trump.
Comey said his instincts as an ex-prosecutor were not to do anything that could impact an election, but he concluded worrying about electing Trump would be wrong to even consider. “Not for a second,” he said he replied to the junior FBI official asking if that should be factored in. “Down that path lies the death of the FBI.”
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BIO: Daugherty is a government whistleblower by necessity, and CEO of a cancer detection laboratory by trade. A small business owner taking on federal agencies with courage that rivals David meets Goliath, Michael is on a tireless crusade to honor his constitutional rights and the rights of every U.S. citizen. Michael s story of victimization by a cyber-security company linked to federal agencies is not unique that he s telling his story is. In a play-by-play account of questionable government practices, Michael reveals his chilling tale about how our security is not the safety we think it is. His book The Devil inside the Beltway is a must read for anyone who values freedom or takes it for granted.