So much so, that Comey wrote in his new book that he anxious the FBI, Justice Department and Clinton's potential presidency would face intense criticism if he hadn't announced the reopening of her private email server probe less than two weeks before the election.
Comey, who was terminated by Republican President Donald Trump last May, is doing a set of press interviews that coincide with the launch next week of his publication, & ldquo; A greater Loyalty: Lies Truth and Direction.
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As described in excerpts highlighted by The Washington Post, he said she took a "tortured half-out, half-in approach" to the Clinton email investigation. But in a controversial move, Comey told Congress just days before the election that the FBI was reviewing additional emails in relation to the investigation.
Since losing the election, Clinton has blamed Comey, in part, for her loss.
Former FBI Director James Comey chose to go public with the bureau's 2016 investigation into Hillary Clinton's email, in part because he wanted to prevent the former Secretary of State from being perceived as "illegitimate" if she prevailed in the general election, Comey told ABC News in an interview.
The government learned of this information in 2016. Trump called Comey a "slime ball" on Friday. "Hindsight is always helpful, and if I had to do it over again, I would do some things differently", he wrote.
"I have read she has felt anger toward me personally, and I'm sorry for that", Comey writes of Clinton, according to ABC News.
"James Comey has done something remarkable", he said. "My use of "extremely careless" naturally sounded to many ears like the statutory language-'grossly negligent'-even though thoughtful lawyers could see why it wasn't the same".