Hillary: ‘Determining Factor’ of the Election Was Comey’s ‘Intervention’ in October

‘But for that intervention I would have won’

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GUTHRIE: "And if we put all the factors that we laid out in a pie chart --"
CLINTON: "Right."
GUTHRIE: "What’s the biggest chunk? What’s the biggest cause of your loss. What part is Comey, what mart is Russia, what part is you?"
CLINTON: "I think the determination factor was the intervention by Comey on October 28. As I write in the book and I could have put much more into the book and independent observers like Nate silver and others say, yes, but for that intervention I would have won, but it stopped my momentum. It drove voters from me who understandably. This is not about the voters who were saying, well, wait. What does this mean and how do I evaluate it? So I think that in terms of my personal defeat was the most important factor."


CLINTON: "Well, specifically I write about it in the book because I learned about it on the campaign plane, and I was stunned, to be honest. I didn’t know what to think about it because I knew there was nothing there, and we had trouble finding out what was really going on. And so I was just dumbfounded. I thought what is he doing? The investigation was closed. I know there’s no new information. I certainly have given anything of any relevance to them, and then it became clear this was not necessary. He could have called me up. He could have called others involved up and said, hey, can we look at this new stuff just to make sure it’s stuff we’ve seen before. Absolutely, have at it. But no, he had to write letters to Congress which immediately were leaked, so I feel very strongly that he went way beyond his role in doing what he did.

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