Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Hillary: Comey Should Have Asked Her Permission To Look At Emails

Hillary: Comey Should Have Asked Her Permission To Look At Emails

Hillary Clinton said she lost last year's presidential election because of "unprecedented actions" of former FBI Director James Comey, who told lawmakers just 11 days before Election Day that he was reopening an investigation into her private email server. We had trouble finding out what was really going on.

"Over the years, going all the way back to the Whitewater inquisition, it's seemed as if many of those in charge of political coverage at the New York Times have viewed me with hostility and skepticism", she wrote. "And I think that that's a sad way for her to continue this work". "And so that, in terms of my personal defeat, was the most important factor".

The Washington Examiner reports that Clinton rips the paper of record for "shoddy reporting" on the scandal arising from her use of a private email server for government business as secretary of state, even calling its approach "schizophrenic". "I watched how analysts who I have a great deal of respect for, like Nate Silver, burrowed into all the data and said that 'but for that Comey letter, she would have won'".

She also told NBC's "Today" show that she thinks that if the election was held now, and both she and President Donald Trump were on the ballot, there would be a "50-50 percent chance I would" win the election.

Clinton told Lauer and Guthrie that she could have given the Federal Bureau of Investigation any information that could have been relevant, but with Comey's letter it became clear that that would not be necessary.

She also expressed that voter identification laws, which she labeled "voter suppression", was also responsible for her loss. "And so I was just dumbfounded". "And certainly as I write in my chapter called 'On Being a Woman in Politics, ' have to be factored in as well".

Clinton said had she been elected and the Russian interference come to light, "I would have stopped at nothing to make sure this never happened again to anybody".

She learned about it aboard her campaign plane.

'I feel very strongly that he went way beyond his role in doing what he did, ' Clinton said.

Clinton also admitted to poking fun at former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's habit of crating beloved Irish setter "Seamus" atop the family station wagon on road trips. "And now this. 'This man is going to be the death of me, ' [Huma] said, bursting into tears". "I take responsibility for all of them", she writes in the book.

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