The post-election autopsies and fingerpointing have been non-stop in the wake of Donald Trump’s presidential victory over Hillary Clinton. James Comey, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, is now among those officially being blamed by the Clinton campaign.
Podesta was referencing Comey’s actions last month. Eleven days before the election, Comey spun heads from the left and the right when he forwarded a letter to congressional leaders, saying the bureau had renewed its investigation into Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server during her time as secretary of state. Months before in July, Comey announced Clinton was “extremely careless” but recommended no prosecution after an FBI investigation.
Trump, who labeled his opponent “Crooked Hillary” throughout the campaign, seized on the October 28 letter. Some members of Congress urged Comey to resign while others said the director may have broken laws designed to prevent federal employees from influencing elections.
In his statements, Podesta also blamed the media for the Clinton loss. “The media always covered her as the person who would be president and therefore tried to eviscerate her before the election, but covered Trump who was someone who was entertaining and sort of gave him a pass,” he said, according to The Hill.