FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday that it makes him “mildly nauseous” to think his decision to reopen the bureau’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails just days before the election could have impacted voters, but added he would make the same choice again.
In his most detailed explanation and strongest defense of his actions to date, Comey said it was a choice between “really bad and catastrophic” to inform lawmakers about the discovery of additional Clinton emails found on the computer of former Rep. Anthony Weiner, the husband of Clinton aide Huma Abedin. Democrats pressed Comey on why he chose to make the renewed investigation public, despite the FBI’s general policy not to comment on ongoing investigations. “Why didn’t you just do the investigation as you would normally, with no public announcement?” Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein asked. Comey said he had the choice to either “speak” or “conceal.”