Assumption Clinton would win a factor in email probe — Former FBI head


"The demand was like Sammy the Bull's Cosa Nostra induction ceremony", Comey writes in his hotly anticipated book.

Trump initially pointed to Comey's handling of the Clinton investigation as the reason for his dismissal, though he later acknowledged that he had considered the FBI's probe into possible collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation as part of his decision to fire the top cop.

Comey, who was sacked by Republican President Donald Trump last May, is doing a series of media interviews that coincide with the release next week of his book, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership". Comey has testified that it makes him "mildly nauseous to think we might have had some impact on the election".

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"She said, with just the slightest hint of a smile, 'Try to look beat up, '" Comey wrote in the WaPo excerpt.

Although the Federal Bureau of Investigation ultimately decided not to refer Clinton's case for prosecution, Democrats said Comey's announcement damaged her with voters right before the election, and he faced complaints that his moves were politically motivated. "At the time, I thought there was a risk people wouldn't listen carefully after the headline, but looking back, the risk of confusion from me delaying the conclusion was greater".

In early 2016, the US government became aware of information from a classified source, and "the source and content of that material remains classified as I write this", according to the book.

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During the presidential campaign one million years ago, the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been investigating Hillary Clinton for allegedly mishandling emails as Secretary of State.

ABC News reports, "Comey writes that he felt obligated to take more of a personal role as the public face of the investigation rather than deferring to then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch - in part because of something involving Lynch that he cryptically refers to as a 'development still unknown to the American public to this day'".

As palpably unhappy as he is with the Trump presidency, Comey's soul-searching about his election conduct does not culminate in a dream of a do-over.

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"The American people needed and deserved transparency", he says, adding that he believed he had the "independent reputation" to "take the hits" that would protect public trust in the Federal Bureau of Investigation.