James Comey’s wife attempted to convince him not to announce that the FBI was reopening its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails until after the 2016 election, according to a new book.
Comey’s decision to reveal the bureau’s probe into the former Secretary of State’s private email server on October 28, 2016 – just 11 days before Election Day – has since been cemented as the turning point of her doomed campaign.
It didn’t matter on November 6 that Comey absolved Clinton of any misconduct. Following the shock outcome of the election on November 8, Comey was accused by Democrats of handing the White House to Trump on a silver platter.
Patrice Comey, his wife of more than three decades, says she was one of the people who tried to stop that from happening.
Speaking to New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt for his new book, Donald Trump v. The United States, Patrice revealed how she pleaded with her husband in their kitchen to rethink his course of action.
‘You can't do this this close to the election. You can't do this to a candidate,’ she recalled telling Comey, in an excerpt posted by NBC.
James Comey’s wife (Patricia, shown left) attempted to convince him not to announce that the FBI was reopening its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails until after the 2016 election, according to a new book
Comey’s decision to reveal the bureau’s probe into the former Secretary of State’s private email server on October 28, 2016 – just 11 days before Election Day – has since been cemented as the turning point of her doomed campaign
Patrice was an ardent supporter of Clinton and told Schmidt how she had long dreamed about seeing a woman elected president. At the same time, she said she also believed Trump posed an existential threat to the country and wasn’t fit to assume control of the Oval Office.
She recounted how Comey came to her in their McLean, Virginia, home on October 27, 2018, and told her he had been briefed by his deputies that agents investigating the disgraced former House member Anthony Weiner had made a startling discovery on his laptop.
Weiner, who was under a criminal investigation for sending explicit message to a minor over the internet, was found to be in possession of a number of Clinton's emails on one of the devices he used to contact the teen girl.
His wife at the time was Huma Abedin, Clinton’s senior aide. Investigators reportedly found an enormous number of emails belonging to Clinton, including some that the bureau investigators thought they had not found during their original email investigation, which was closed months before.
But to ensure the emails didn’t contain classified information, investigators would need to go to a court to obtain a warrant.
‘It’s a s***show,’ Comey reportedly told his wife. ‘They told me that there’s thousands of emails’.
The decision on whether or not to pursue the warrant rested on Comey’s shoulders. He also told his wife that he’d need to alert congress, having pledged earlier in the summer if there were any new developments in the email case, he would notify them immediately.
If not, he said it would look like the FBI hid elements of the investigation from the Republican-dominated legislative body after pledging transparency.
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