Texas Sen. John Cornyn blasts Hillary Clinton’s comments about losing to Trump


U.S. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas began his questioning of FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday morning by blasting Hillary Clinton for her campaign-related comments a day earlier.

In her first interview since the presidential election, Clinton on Tuesday had cited Comey’s October comments about the FBI’s investigation into her private email server as one of the reasons for her loss to Donald Trump.

“I’m very proud of the campaign we ran. It wasn’t a perfect campaign,” Clinton said. “I was on the way to winning until a combination of Jim Comey’s letter and Russian WikiLeaks combined to create doubt in the minds of people who supported me.”

Comey testified Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where Democrats continued to question his judgment in speaking out in the days before the presidential vote about the email investigation. Cornyn, the Senate’s Republican leader, took the opposite approach when he began his comments to Comey.

“I’m disappointed to see that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in the news yesterday, essentially blaming you and blaming everything other than herself for her loss on Nov. 8,” Cornyn said.

“I find it ironic because you’re not the one who made the decision to handle classified information on a private email server. You’re not the one who decided to have a private meeting with Secretary Clinton’s husband in the middle of the Justice Department’s ongoing investigation into Secretary Clinton’s server,” Cornyn said to Comey.

“I think you were given an impossible choice to make and you did the best you could in light of the situation that you were presented with. And it strikes me as somewhat sad for people here and elsewhere to condemn you for notifying Congress shortly before the election that you had uncovered even more emails related to the investigation, including classified emails, again because Secretary Clinton had made the decision to use a private email server.”

Later in the hearing, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., took issue with Cornyn’s remarks and said he had omitted Clinton’s remarks in which she blamed herself for her failed campaign. “She did not blame everyone but herself,” Franken said.

Franken was referring to this remark from the Clinton interview: “Of course I take absolute personal responsibility. I was the candidate. I was the person who was on the ballot. I am very aware of the challenges, the problems, the shortfalls that we had.”


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