Hillary Clinton News
NEW YORK: Hillary Clinton has said that in reopening a probe into
her controversial email practices, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
director James Comey had eroded the momentum her campaign had gained
in the weeks leading up to the November 8 election, US media said
on Sunday (Hillary Clinton News).
Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate, had been ahead in all
major polls leading up to last Tuesday’s vote, which ushered in a surprise
victory for Donald Trump and the Republicans.
Moreover, she has kept a low profile since her defeat after delivering her concession
speech on Wednesday morning.
Clinton also told top donors in a conference call that “there are lots of
reasons why an election like this is not successful,” according to a
person on the call, Quartz and CNN reported.
“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, Comey jolted the presidential race when he also told
Congress that the FBI was once again examining Clinton’s use of
a private server while secretary of state after new emails were
discovered in another investigation into former congressman
Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of close Clinton aide
Huma Abedin, a US-born Muslim-American.
Furthermore, on November 6, two days before the vote, Comey sent another
letter to Congress stating that a review of Weiner’s emails had
revealed no wrongdoing, and that the FBI was sticking with its
July recommendation not to charge Clinton. In July, Comey had also
said that while the FBI would not charge Clinton her email practices
were “extremely careless.”
Trump had made a major issue of Clinton’s email
Trump had made a major issue of Clinton’s email practices during the
campaign, famously threatening to throw her in prison during one of
the presidential debates.
While the first Comey letter reopened voter concerns over the email issue,
Clinton said the second letter clearing her of wrongdoing allowed Trump
to reinforce his message that the system was rigged.
The FBI director’s letters to Congress days before the election led to
accusations that the bureau was politicized and interfering in the election,
an accusation President Barack Obama said he believed was not true.
Meanwhile, thousands of protesters across the United States continued to
rally against Trump on Saturday, accusing the president-elect of bigotry and racism.
The largest rallies were in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, where
protesters chanted “Not my president!” In New York, thousands marched to
Trump Tower, the president-elect’s skyscraper home where the transition
team is headquartered.
The protests have further polarized the nation as Trump supporters, some of
whom said they would not accept a Clinton win before the election, are now accusing
those on the streets of not respecting the outcome of the vote.