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Clinton blames FBI director for election loss

On call with top campaign donors, Clinton says she was winning until FBI announced new email probe


 
U.S. FBI Director James Comey participates in a session at the third annual Intelligence and National Security Summit in Washington, U.S., September 8, 2016. (Gary Cameron/Reuters)

U.S. FBI Director James Comey in September, 2016. (Gary Cameron/Reuters)

WASHINGTON – Hillary Clinton is blaming the FBI’s decision to revive its examination of her email accounts for her devastating defeat in the presidential election.

On a call Saturday with top campaign donors, Clinton said her campaign was winning until FBI director James Comey sent a letter to Congress on Oct. 28 announcing that the FBI had uncovered emails possibly related to its earlier probe into her use of a private server as secretary of state. The new examination was sparked by an unrelated investigation into former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of one of her top aides.

The surprise announcement by the FBI came after three debates in which Republican Donald Trump was widely panned for his performance. Clinton told the donors that her campaign was leading by large margins in nearly every battleground state and was tied in Arizona, a traditionally Republican stronghold, until Comey released his letter.

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Trump’s campaign and Republican supporters seized on the news, even though it was unclear whether Clinton’s correspondence was tied up in the probe.

Comey told lawmakers the Sunday before the election that the bureau had found no evidence to warrant criminal charges. His “all clear” message only served to further motivate Trump supporters, Clinton told donors on the call.

In the nine days between Comey’s initial statement and his “all clear” announcement, nearly 24 million people cast early ballots. That was roughly 18 per cent of the expected total votes for president.

While Clinton accepted some blame of her loss, said donors who listened to her call, she made little mention of the other factors driving Trump’s victory: A desire for change by voters, possible sexism, the difficulty of a political party winning a third White House term, her campaign’s all-but-dismissal of white working class voters and flaws within her own message.

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Donors on the call were not authorized to discuss her comments by name and requested anonymity to describe them to The Associated Press.

Democrats have spent much of this week reeling for their loss, with many in the party beginning a process of soul-searching designed to sort out what exactly went wrong. Liberals like Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren say Democrats must embrace a more aggressive economic message – one Clinton largely shied away from during her campaign.


 

Clinton blames FBI director for election loss

  1. She was so careless with handling this government business – and let’s not forget that the mess all started with her trying to circumvent transparency by creating the private server – that the result was that high level state department correspondence, including classified information, ended up on the private laptop of a perverted mental case who sends dick pics to teenagers. And when that is revealed to the public, you’re gonna blame the person in charge of investigating it? Lol, it’s never her fault is it. If Trump lost the election and it was partially due to the “grab her by the pussy” tape, is it the fault of the person who leaked the audio or would it be the fault of Trump for being such a sleaze? The Clintons need to be put out to pasture.

    • Yup, Americans do have a hierarchy of sins:

      1. Private email server
      2. Ignorance
      3. Habitual lying
      4. Sexual assault
      5. Habitual bankruptcy
      6. Impulsivity
      7. Questionable reading ability
      8. Little to no negotiation skills
      9. Did I mention lying, badly?
      10. Ego
      11. Bigotry
      12. Narcissism
      13. Undeveloped organization skills
      14. Deflection

  2. The American MSM turned into Trump TV, and they made Trump bigger than the presidency. When the Media made Trump bigger than the presidency, everything else like policies and the American people were just the side show, that’s entertainment America, at its finest. Americans also love Underdogs, and Trump was framed as an Underdog from the day he rode down the escalator in Trump Towers, and what do Americans love more than an Underdog, its turning them into winners. Irony here is, Trudeau used an escalator in his Political adds too, and he won the crown, is there something to riding on escalators before making announcements to run for PM or Presidency.

  3. Canadian electoral reform.

    Who really won this election? Thump. If they insist on thumping, health care should be free in the U.S. Why should everyday Americans pay for your lunar issues? You want to thump then cough up the cash.

    Could me posting or one of my stalkers. I don’t see why you worshippers of Marconi care what I post. You’re always going on about Not getting caught. Ain’t that right darlins’? How much are you costing health care? How much are you costing homeowners? Some of those trees you lunared are worth a lot of money not to mention the sensitive ones that have had to get cut down. That’s okay though, not your money is it darlins’?

    I don’t speak Chinese, economics, German or stock market.

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