Hillary Clinton blamed FBI director James Comey for her loss in the US presidential race, claiming that reopening the probe into her email use broke the momentum towards victory.
Clinton told fundraisers and donors in a conference call that Comey’s two letters to Congress on the probe had twisted critical states towards Republican Donald Trump, US media reported.
“There are lots of reasons why an election like this is not successful,” Democrat Clinton told her national finance committee, a person on the call told online magazine Quartz.
“But our analysis is that Jim Comey’s letter raising doubts that were groundless and baseless and proven to be stopped our momentum.”
On October 28, less than two weeks before Election Day; Comey dropped a bombshell by informing Congress the FBI was looking once more into Clinton’s controversial email practices as secretary of state after new messages were uncovered.
His second letter, on November 6, just three days before the election, stated that the FBI’s review of the new emails had uncovered no wrongdoing, and that the bureau had not changed its July recommendation not to charge Clinton
While the first letter reopened old wounds and reminded voters of the controversy, the second letter, according to Clinton, had the bad effect of refreshing rival Donald Trump’s base.
In July Comey said that the FBI would not recommend criminal charges against Clinton for handling classified documents and sensitive information on a private email account.
Comey however slammed the practice as “extremely careless.” The FBI chief came under severe criticism for effectively reopening the Clinton probe so close to the November 8 vote, without knowing whether the new emails were relevant.