FBI’s Comey defends 2016 decision on Clinton email probe

News 03 May 2017

left right FBI Director James Comey is sworn in to testify before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on 'Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation' on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 3, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque 1/10 left right Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) speaks during FBI Director James Comey's appearance before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on 'Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation' on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 3, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque 2/10 left right FBI Director James Comey (C) is greeted by ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) (3rdL) and Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) (3rdR) as he arrives to testify before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on 'Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation' on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 3, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque 3/10 left right FBI Director James Comey testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on 'Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation' on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 3, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque 4/10 left right FBI Director James Comey testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on 'Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation' on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 3, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque 5/10 left right FBI Director James Comey testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on 'Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation' on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 3, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque 6/10 left right FBI Director James Comey prepares to testify before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on 'Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation' on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 3, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque 7/10 left right FBI Director James Comey testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on 'Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation' on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 3, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque 8/10 left right Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley looks ons during FBI Director James Comey's testimony before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on 'Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation' on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 3, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque 9/10 left right FBI Director James Comey testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on 'Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation' on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 3, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque 10/10

WASHINGTON Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey on Wednesday defended his decision to announce last year that the agency had reopened an investigation into former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's emails, saying not doing so would have been "an act of concealment."

Comey said, "To not speak about it would require an act of concealment." It was the FBI chief's most impassioned defense of his October 2016 decision to date.

Comey said it made him "mildly nauseous" to think that the FBI may have had some impact on the U.S. presidential election, which took place only days after Comey revealed that the Clinton email probe had been reopened.

(Reporting by Julia Edwards Ainsley and Doina Chiacu; Editing by Alistair Bell)

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