Hillary Clinton blames FBI Director James Comey for her dramatic election defeat

WASHINGTON, U.S. - Clinton defeat in the U.S. Presidential elections is sure to go down as one of the most bizarre and shocking moments in contemporary American history and as thousands gather to ...


• Clinton blames the FBI Director and his two untimely letters for her loss

• Hillary’s voters were disappointed with the reinstated investigation into the controversial email scandal

• Clinton also blamed her comments on 'deplorable Trump supporters' as one of the reasons for her defeat

WASHINGTON, U.S. - Clinton defeat in the U.S. Presidential elections is sure to go down as one of the most bizarre and shocking moments in contemporary American history and as thousands gather to protest Trump’s presidency across a nation that seems to be split in half - a defeated Hillary Clinton has finally spoken up. This time however, she has said what many of her fervently passionate supporters wanted to hear - instead of what she was expected to say. 

After delivering a gracious and diplomatic concession speech post her loss, Clinton has now blamed the FBI for her unexpected loss.  

For months leading up to the elections, Clinton had emerged as a hot favourite in almost every national public opinion poll. But Trump’s eventual victory sent shock waves that were felt not only across the nation - but across the world, even as several countries still await to hear his policies that would eventually define the way America is viewed by the world and its powers.  

Clinton meanwhile, came out of her hibernation and spoke to her donors in a conference call on Saturday, blaming James Comey for his shockingly timed letter to the U.S. Congress, announcing a revival of the email investigation after fresh emails were discovered in the probe into Clinton's State Department email practices.

Then, two days before the election and a week after announcing the revival of the probe, Comey informed the U.S. Congress through another letter, claiming that the investigation has been closed because the bureau found no merit in the case. 

The timing of his two announcements thrust the FBI into the thick of the fractious presidential race, entangled in a way that strained its independence and cracked its prized reputation for silence about its work. 

However, Clinton told her donors that her team had prepared a memo that tracked the changing opinion polls leading up to the election. She declared that Comey’s letters had proved to be a turning point for her campaign. 

People who attended the call told the media that Clinton told her supporters that with Comey’s decision going public - her campaign had suffered an erosion of support in the upper Midwest.

Clinton even reportedly mentioned that even though the second letter cleared her of any wrongdoing - the damage had already been done and both of the letters were then being used by Trump to attack her in his campaign speeches.

Ironically, opinion polls just before the second letter was revealed had given Clinton a four to five-point lead over Trump.

Trump however had attacked the agency's decision and had reiterated his claims of a “rigged system.” 

He had told his supporters at a rally in the Detroit suburbs, that it would have been impossible for the FBI to review as many as 650,000 emails in such a short time. 

He told his supporters in Michigan, “Right now she's being protected by a rigged system. It's a totally rigged system. I've been saying it for a long time. Hillary Clinton is guilty, she knows it, the FBI knows it, the people know it and now it's up to the American people to deliver justice at the ballot box on November 8."

Trump had also argued that the "investigations into her crimes will go on for a long time."

Declaring, “The rank-and-file special agents at the FBI won't let her get away with her terrible crimes.”

Similar questions even dogged the FBI, bringing its handling of the entire investigation into stark focus.

The public clearly wasn't done discussing the fiasco and lawmakers, too, demanded answers to questions left unresolved by the two vague and ambiguous letters. Clinton and her aides felt wronged by the curiously timed disclosure. 

And ex-prosecutors of both parties were concerned the bureau’s actions strayed from its mandate to remain politically neutral.

Reports noted that on Thursday, Clinton had even told her campaign staff that she had “stepped in it” by saying half of Trump’s supporters were “deplorable.”

This caused Trump supporters to believe that the system was rigged in her favour and persuaded them to rally on Election Day.

"There a lots of reasons why an election like this is not successful," Hillary Clinton said, a donor relaying her remarks to The New York Times said. 

"Our analysis is that Comey's letter raising doubts that were groundless, baseless, proven to be, stopped our momentum."

The memo reportedly pointed out that in the last week, voters who decided which candidate to support were more likely to support Trump than Clinton.

It said, “In the end, late breaking developments in the race proved one hurdle too many for us to overcome.”

Meanwhile, Democratic strategist Jim Manley said on Twitter, “If there had been no private server in the first place there would not have been an FBI investigation."

Donald Trump, America’s new President-elect is scheduled to swear in as the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2017.

 

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