FBI head 'nauseous' over his possible sway on US election

FBI Director James Comey testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.Image copyright

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Mr Comey says he would make make the same decision again

FBI Director James Comey has said it makes him “mildly nauseous” to think that he could have had an impact on the US presidential election.

But Mr Comey said he thought concealing the discovery of new Hillary Clinton emails would have been “catastrophic”.

The comments came during a Senate panel on FBI oversight, in which Mr Comey faced tough questions about his inquiry into Mrs Clinton’s private email use.

Mr Comey added that “even in hindsight I would make the same decision”.

The remarks are the FBI chief’s first public explanation of why he reopened an investigation into Mrs Clinton’s use of a private email server just days before last November’s presidential election.

“It makes me mildly nauseous to think that we might have had some impact on the election,” Mr Comey said on Wednesday.

“But, honestly, it wouldn’t change the decision.”

Mr Comey added that failing to inform Congress would have been an “act of concealment”.

A day earlier, Mrs Clinton blamed her surprise upset on Mr Comey’s actions as well as alleged meddling into the US election by Russian hackers.

“If the election had been on October 27, I would be your president,” she said on Tuesday, referring to the day before Mr Comey notified Congress of the discovery of new emails.

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“I was on the way to winning until a combination of Jim Comey’s letter on October 28 and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me and got scared off.”

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