Clinton suggests Giuliani, others pressured Comey to reopen email probe

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Hillary Clinton suggested on Monday that former FBI Director James Comey may have been pressured by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and others to reopen the bureau’s investigation into her use of a private email server less than two weeks before the 2016 presidential election.

“He was under pressure from Rudy Giuliani, others — both former and current FBI officials,” Cliton told Charlie Rose in an interview. “Giuliani announced two days before [Oct. 28] — ‘something big is coming in two days.'”

Clinton’s comments referenced an Oct. 25 Fox News appearance by Giuliani, a former Trump campaign adviser and surrogate, in which he said that the campaign had an upcoming “surprise.”


“We’ve got a couple of surprises left,” he said. “I’d call them surprises in the way that we’re going to campaign to get our message out there — maybe in a little bit of a different way.”

Three days later, on Oct. 28, Comey announced that he had decided to reopen the FBI investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of State. 

That investigation had initially been closed earlier in the year with Comey recommending no charges against Clinton.

The former Democratic presidential nominee has attributed her loss, at least in part, to Comey’s decision to reopen the investigation, and has suggested that Comey decided to make the announcement despite knowing that it could sway the election outcome.

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