As evidence for the president’s claim, a White House official pointed to a specific statement that Comey made during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on Sept. 28, 2016. When the former FBI director testified before Congress earlier this year, he told his side of the story, outlining his reasoning behind his unusual public announcement of his decision not to charge Clinton.
As a reader service, in this video, The Fact Checker put his statements about the case in context with a timeline of the surrounding events. There is no way to know exactly what Comey was thinking. It is clear, however, that he had weighed making a public statement weeks before he interviewed Clinton as part of the investigation. Whether he had decided the outcome ahead of Clinton’s interview is not clear.
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