‘Guilty, guilty, guilty!’ President Trump says Comey ‘should have never exonerated’ Hillary Clinton

President Trump criticized former FBI Director James Comey for caving in to pressure and absolving Hillary Clinton.

Comey “should have never exonerated” her, Trump said in excerpts of an NBC News interview released Friday in which he reflected on the “disgraceful” way the former FBI chief handled the investigation into the former secretray of state’s use of a private email server.

“No, what happened, he had a lot of pressure put on — and he exonerated her,” Trump told Lester Holt. “Should have never exonerated her.”

Trump acknowledged that the attention on the probe during the election season worked in his favor, citing the July 2016 press conference in which Comey declared the FBI would not recommend charges against Clinton.

“I will tell you that what he did, what Comey did, had good moments for me as a candidate. I’m only talking as a candidate, I’m not saying as president,” Trump said.

“When he came out with the scathing set of circumstances––the server, the illegal server, the e-mails, 33,000 e-mails that you get subpoenaed and then you don’t show and you erase those, you delete them, you get rid of them, you acid wash them,” he continued. “When he did all of that stuff, it was disgraceful when he’s covering everything point after point. I was with lawyers watching that… I happen to have lawyers, unrelated lawyers and they would say wow, she’s guilty here, guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Then he gets to the end and he says she’s free as a bird.”

Comey reopened the case in late October, just weeks before the election, but ultimately found no new evidence. Clinton blamed the timing of these announcements for costing her the White House.

The president fired Comey on Tuesday, surprising many, including the FBI chief himself.

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Frieda Powers

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