“He’s become more famous than me,” Trump said as he called to Comey and shook his hand. Trump also gave the embattled FBI director a couple of pats on the back.
Less than two weeks before the election, Comey sent a letter to lawmakers saying the FBI was reviewing emails that “appear to be pertinent to the investigation” into Hillary Clinton’s private email server. Then, just days before voters headed to the polls, Comey cleared her ― but many Democrats believe the move helped cost Clinton the election.
“Had he not written that letter a week or so before the election, she would have won,” former Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told CNN last month. “We would have picked up at least two more Senate seats.”
Others blame the loss on a poor strategy where Clinton didn’t focus enough on key states such as Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.