Fired FBI Director Jim Comey says he's hoping one outcome from his new book, "A Higher Loyalty," will be re-kindling his relationship with Hillary Clinton.
Comey brought the matter up unsolicitedly during a conversation with USA Today.
In the course of a line of questioning about Loretta Lynch -- Comey information yet to emerge that calls into question her impartiality relating to the Clinton email probe -- the feds' erstwhile top cop began discussing his hope Hillary Clinton would read his book.
"I pray no FBI director ever has to deal with this again because it was just a series of no-win decisions," Comey told USA Today. "And so, ‘which would be the least bad decision?’ is constantly what we’re thinking in the book. And my hope is, I even hope Hillary Clinton at least reads those parts of the book, because I think she will walk away saying, ‘You know what, I think that guy’s an idiot, but you know he’s kind of an honest idiot. He’s trying to do the right thing here, and I kind of get actually what he was faced with.’”
After losing the election, Hillary claimed Comey "shivved" her and "sabotaged" her campaign when he publicly announced the FBI re-opened its investigation into her mishandling of classified material.
Comey told ABC his entire family supported Clinton and voted for her in the election, even participating in an anti-Trump protest after Inauguration Day.
Here's a transcript of the exchange:
REPORTER: “You say, that one of the things that affected your decision making was some classified information about Loretta Lynch that indicates that she, that would raise questions about her impartiality in the Hillary Clinton investigation. Is this information that has not yet been released in any form?”
REPORTER: “And so I was asking Kevin, our expert, about what it would be, he has some theories, but it’s —"
REPORTER 2: “It’s not the Russian intelligence document that contains reference to email that Loretta Lynch would not ‘go far’ into the Clinton investigation. You’re not referring to that?"
COMEY: “I can’t say. I’m not referring to anything. I can’t say. I’ve gone as far ... the FBI has reviewed my book and I’m as far forward as I can be given the classified nature of the material.”
REPORTER 2: “As we sit here, the IG report is pending. Have you seen it?”
REPORTER 2: “Do you expect to get a copy of it for your own review before it’s published?”
COMEY: “I think so. I think the normal drill is if you’re a, I don’t know, if they’re talking about your conduct, you get a chance to look at it and offer any response you want.”
REPORTER 2: “Where is the FBI exposed on that, in that report, do you think?”
COMEY: “I don’t know. Part of the reason I hesitate is I don’t know exactly all they’re looking at. I know because I encouraged it. I wanted them to look at the decision making I did on the Hillary Clinton email investigation to do the July 5th press conference, to notify Congress in late October. But I gather from media accounts that there’s other pieces that they have added, but I don’t have any personal knowledge of exactly what it is beyond that piece about Hillary Clinton email. I pray no FBI director ever has to deal with this again ‘cause it was just a series of no-win decisions. And so, ‘which would be the least bad decision?’ is constantly what we’re thinking in the book. And my hope is, I even hope Hillary Clinton at least reads those parts of the book, because I think she will walk away saying, ‘You know what, I think that guy’s an idiot, but you know he’s kind of an honest idiot. He’s trying to do the right thing here, and I kind of get actually what he was faced with.’”