In a pre-recorded interview set to air on Sunday night on ABC News, former FBI Director James Comey revealed that he announced that he was reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server in October 2017 because he assumed she would win the election and he did not want her to be viewed as an illegitimate president.
Speaking to ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, Comey said he hopes that his decision to reopen to the investigation was not the reason she lost the election.
“But at some level, wasn’t the decision to reveal influenced by your assumption that Hillary Clinton was going to win?” Stephanopoulos asked.
“It must have been. I don’t remember consciously thinking about that, but it must have been,” Comey responded. “Because I was operating in a world where Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump.”
“And so I’m sure that it was a factor,” Comey continued. “That she’s going to be elected President and if I hide this from the American people, she’ll be illegitimate the moment she’s elected, the moment this comes out.”