Hillary Clinton blames FBI director James Comey for her election defeat

Clinton has kept a low profile since her defeat after delivering her concession speech on Wednesday morning.

By: Reuters | New York/washington | Updated: November 13, 2016 8:24 am
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Hillary Clinton blamed FBI director James Comey for her stunning defeat in Tuesday’s presidential election in a conference call with her top campaign funders on Saturday, according to two participants who were on the call. Clinton was projected by nearly every national public opinion poll as the heavy favorite going into Tuesday’s race. Instead, Republican Donald Trump won the election, shocking many throughout the nation and prompting widespread protests. Clinton has kept a low profile since her defeat after delivering her concession speech on Wednesday morning.

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Clinton told her supporters on Saturday that her team had drafted a memo that looked at the changing opinion polls leading up to the election and that the letter from Comey proved to be a turning point. She said Comey’s decision to go public with the renewed examination of her email server had caused an erosion of support in the upper Midwest, according to three people familiar with the call.

Clinton lost in Wisconsin, the first time since 1984 that the state favored the Republican candidate in a presidential election. Although the final result in Michigan has still not been tallied, it is leaning Republican, in a state that last favored the Republican nominee in 1988.

Comey sent a letter to Congress only days before the election announcing that he was reinstating an investigation into whether Clinton mishandled classified information when she used a private email server while secretary of state from 2009 to 2012.

Comey announced a week later that he had reviewed emails and continued to believe she should not be prosecuted, but the political damage was already done.

Clinton told donors that Trump was able to seize on both of Comey’s announcements and use them to attack her, according to two participants on the call.

While the second letter cleared her of wrongdoing, Clinton said that reinforced to Trump’s supporters that the system was rigged in her favor and motivated them to mobilize on Election Day.

A spokesperson for the FBI could not immediately be reached for comment.

On the phone call, Dennis Chang, who served as Clinton’s finance chair, said her campaign and the national party had raised more than $900 million from more than 3 million individual donors, according to the two participants who spoke to Reuters.

 

 

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First Published on: November 13, 2016 3:36 am
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    Atheist
    Nov 13, 2016 at 4:33 am
    HAHA....... typically commie/socialist atude.....blame everything on others.lt;br/gt;Stole candidacy from Bernie and now blames FBI fir wrong doing.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Hypocrisy at its height,
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      Ram Pathak
      Nov 13, 2016 at 1:27 am
      I fully endorse Hillary view. An ured win of Hillary was manited into defeat by the false propaa suddenly created by pro Trump FBI Director. This deceit, manition, witch haunt was rare in American election and has lowered respect for USA election system and the president - elect. The election rule must change there- victory should be purely on the basis of por votes
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        Tushar
        Nov 13, 2016 at 3:29 am
        I think then it would be only BIMARU state would decide who would be Prime minister. You mean to say go on producing potion so other state with low potion growth has no say in election.like Kerala, Goa. American media wanted to fool people, as 99% of media, wall street, industrialist and all rich people were supporting Hilary but common man showed who is the boss. We Indian should elect not a politician but a common man to be the next prime minister of India
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