Clinton campaign chief says there is ‘good evidence’ Comey blew the election for Democrats

Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense: Government funding bill butts up against deadline | Pentagon reports eighth military COVID-19 death | Trump, Pentagon collide over anti-diversity training push Voters split on whether Trump, Biden will win first debate: poll New Monmouth poll finds Biden with 6-point lead MORE’s former campaign chairman on Thursday excoriated former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeySteele Dossier sub-source was subject of FBI counterintelligence probe Judge will not dismiss McCabe's case against DOJ Democrats fear Russia interference could spoil bid to retake Senate MORE, saying there is “good evidence” that his actions in the final days of the 2016 presidential race “blew the election” for Democrats.

“I’m not going to defend Jim Comey. I criticized him from the day he dropped a letter to [lawmakers] ... right before the election,” John Podesta said during an interview on The Hill’s new morning TV show, "Rising."

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“He refused to take the advice of senior people in the Justice Department, so I’m not going to defend him," Podesta told co-host Krystal Ball just hours before the release of a Justice Department inspector general report.

Observers expect that report to be critical of Comey’s leadership of the FBI, including his decision to announce the FBI was renewing its investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of State just days before the presidential election.

Podesta said it is possible Comey cost Clinton the election, but that he did not believe President TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau intends to wrap up count on Oct. 5 despite judge's order Top House Republican calls for probe of source of NYT Trump tax documents New Yorkers report receiving ballots with wrong name, voter addresses MORE fired the FBI chief in the midst of the Justice Department's investigation into Russian meddling in the election just because he hurt his former Democratic rival.

"On the other hand, do you think there is anyone in America, whether they watch Fox News, MSNBC or watch The Hill.com, who believes Donald Trump fired Jim Comey because he was unfair to Hillary Clinton and kind of blew the election for us, which there is good evidence he did," he said.

You can watch the full interview with Podesta at http://hill.tv/rising.