Comey feared making Clinton an "illegitimate president"

Comey feared making Clinton an

"The demand was like Sammy the Bull's Cosa Nostra induction ceremony", Comey writes in his hotly anticipated book. "She had told somebody she was going to chew me out for what I had done".

In Comey's mind, bending procedure and announcing he was investigating a candidate was an acceptable price to pay to avoid the opposite: years of hearings and delegitimization that would surely follow Clinton's expected election.
The investigation was closed again days later, again without recommending charges. The first is that general over-confidence in a Clinton victory led her campaign to make a series of strategic errors (e.g, putting resources into states like Arizona and Georgia while shirking the "Clinton Firewall" states that eventually swung the electoral college to Trump) while convincing many of her potential voters that it was safe to stay home on Election Day.

Comey used the interview with George Stephanopoulos to unleash a series of critiques of the man who fired him, President Donald Trump, but also mentioned a heretofore untold scandal involving Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

"Certainly not consciously, but I would be a fool to say it couldn't have had an impact on me", he wrote of the assumption, according to ABC News. She said she was "surprised" when the criminal investigation was later made public that The Times did not make a bigger deal of the fact that the paper had been right. "Still, the bitterly fought episode, parsing word choices, was only a small taste of what was to come, and many within the F.B.I. knew it", he wrote. President Donald Trump and his allies have unleashed a smear campaign against the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director ahead of his book release, with White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders telling reporters on Friday, "This is nothing more than a poorly-executed PR stunt by Comey to desperately rehabilitate his tattered reputation and enrich his own bank account by peddling a book that belongs in the bargain bin".

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