The never ending parade of excuses for why Hillary Clinton lost the election rolls on.
Clinton has cited Russian hackers, fake news, and all sorts of rationalizations for why she lost to Donald Trump.
But now a top ally is rolling out a new excuse for her defeat.
Campaign chairman John Podesta laid the blame for defeat at the hands of “shadowy forces” within the FBI.
“Former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta said Monday that “forces within the FBI” may have sought to elect Donald Trump as president.
“There are at least forces within the FBI that wanted her to lose,” Podesta said during an interview with John Heilemann hosted by NewCo. Podesta offered no evidence to back-up his speculation. “I’m not sure they really understood the alternative, but they wanted her to lose. I think that’s one possibility.”
These “forces” could have played a role in FBI Director James Comey’s controversial decision to alert Congress 11 days before the election that the FBI was evaluating more of Clinton’s emails, Podesta said.
The Clinton campaign has long pointed to Comey’s letter as a turning-point in the election which may have caused their electoral college defeat.
He also said pressure from underneath Comey may have pushed him to send the letter.
“He made a bad judgment, and I think virtually anybody who has opined on the topic… have said it was a terrible mistake of judgment,” Podesta said. “And I think it did terrible damage to us. If you look at the polling at that period time, that’s when the race began to tighten in that week.”
The Clintons believe Comey’s letter informing Congress that the FBI was reopening the investigation into her email scandal because of emails discovered on former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s laptop.
Weiner was under investigation for sending illicit messages to an underage girl when the emails were discovered.
Comey sent another letter 48 hours later stating none of the emails were new.
But Democrats were furious.
Republicans – however – believe Comey tanked the investigation.
In his press conferences announcing he would not recommend charges be brought against Hillary Clinton, he described how Hillary lied when she said she never sent or received classified intelligence on her private email server.
Comey noted that 110 emails on 52 chains contained classified information.
But Comey leaned on “intent,” which never appears in the applicable statute as to why he wasn’t bringing charges.
Comey then sent his letter updating Congress on the status of the investigation based on his promise to let Congress know if there were any new developments.
Critics point out that if Clinton and her allies didn’t want Comey to send a letter to Congress informing them he was reopening the investigation into her emails then she shouldn’t have used a private email server to send and receive classified intelligence.
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