Clinton Blames FBI Director for Loss
Talking to major donors to the Democratic Party that made her its nominee, she said Comey’s controversial October announcement that the FBI had re-opened its investigation into her emails lost her votes.
“There are lots of reasons why an election like this is not successful,” Clinton reportedly said in the phone call, the International Business Times reported. However, “Our analysis is that Comey’s letter raising doubts that were groundless, baseless, proven to be, stopped our momentum.”
The FBI concluded an investigation into Clinton’s handling of classified information on a private email server in July with the recommendation that no charges be filed. On October 28, Comey announced in a letter to Congress – a highly unusual move that was criticized but not blocked by the US Justice Department – that additional emails had been found and the investigation had been reopened.
Two days before the election, he announced that the FBI had found no reason to change its original recommendation of no charges.
In the phone call on Saturday, her first extensive remarks on the subject since conceding defeat after the election, Clinton said her team had worked up a memo analyzing the shifts in opinion polls leading up to the election and determined that Comey’s letter had been a turning point, Reuters reported. Her team believes his decision to publicly reopen the investigation lost Clinton support in crucial states in the upper Midwest.
President-elect Donald Trump took the key state of Wisconsin and is expected to take Michigan in the final vote count, which is not yet concluded. Neither state had supported a Republican candidate in nearly three decades.
The team also found that, though Clinton was once again cleared, the outcome only aligned with Trump’s allegations that Clinton was protected by a rigged system that allowed the politically powerful to operate with impunity. White suburban undecided women voters were particularly impacted and shifted to Trump, her team said, according to the New York Times.