Hillary Clinton Partially Blames Loss on FBI Director James Comey’s Email Inquiry – CNBC

While Comey has donated to past GOP presidential candidates and was a registered Republican until recently, Clinton did not mention his party affiliations on Saturday.

Trump, for his part, latched onto his claims that the election was “rigged” after the speedy conclusion from the FBI that nothing in the new emails merited charges against Clinton.

“Right now, she is being protected by a rigged system. It’s a totally rigged system,” Trump had said, adding that it wasn’t possible to review that many emails in such a short period of time. Computer experts — even former CIA employee Edward Snowden, who leaked classified information from the government — have said otherwise.

By all accounts, Clinton appeared to be on the path to winning the election. Polls taken after the presidential debates showed her emerging as the stronger candidate in voters’ minds, and an NBC/WSJ poll taken days before the election showed her up by 4 points, even after the FBI inquiry had come and gone.

Ultimately, Clinton said Saturday, Comey put a damper on the campaign. She also admitted that she was devastated by her loss and said she was “heartbroken.”

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