Comey has come under fire over the situation, including from President Trump in a tweet Friday, in which he said the former director's handling of the Clinton email probe will go down as one of the worst botch jobs in history. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said Comey had "damaged the institution of law enforcement", while Sen.
In addition to its evisceration of Trump - who is repeatedly likened to a mafia boss and labelled "unethical, and untethered to the truth and institutional values" - A Higher Loyalty offers a painstaking recounting of the Clinton emails saga, which Comey calls "this bad case".
"Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues meant to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information", he said at the time. While stopping short of regret, Comey does admit faults in his conduct of the affair.
"I$3 f I had it to do over as soon as extra, I would do some points another way".
Although the Federal Bureau of Investigation ultimately decided not to refer Clinton's case for prosecution, Democrats said Comey's announcement damaged her with voters right before the election, and he faced complaints that his moves were politically motivated.More news: US, Allied Strikes in Syria Bring Heated Response from Russia
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"I would avoid the "Seacresting" mistake by saying at the beginning of my statement that we weren't recommending charges", he writes.
"Certainly not consciously, but I would be a fool to say it couldn't have had an impact on me", he wrote of the assumption, according to ABC News.
In March 2017, Comey confirmed the FBI was investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Comey was anxious that the country's top law enforcement agencies would suffer if the public later discovered the Federal Bureau of Investigation had obtained new emails in the Clinton probe. He also says that he wouldn't have changed his broader conduct, "but I can imagine good and principled people in my shows making different choices about some things".
"The American people needed and deserved transparency", he says, adding that he believed he had the "independent reputation" to "take the hits" that would protect public trust in the Federal Bureau of Investigation.