Hillary Clinton: Comey action 'determining factor' in loss

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attends a signing of her new book 'What happened' at Barnes & Noble bookstore at Union Square in Manhattan, New York City, on Tuesday. (Reuters photo)

WASHINGTON: Hillary Clinton said “the most important factor” in her loss of the 2016 presidential election was former FBI Director James Comey’s letter to Congress a week before the vote about new information found in the investigation of her use of a private email server.

“The determining factor was the intervention by Comey on Oct 28,” the former secretary of state told NBC Wednesday in what was billed as her first live TV interview since the election. “It stopped my momentum. It drove voters from me.”

“I was just dumbfounded. I thought, what was he doing?” said Mrs Clinton, who is promoting “What Happened,” her memoir of the campaign that went on sale this week. “He went way beyond his role in doing what he did.”

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