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Nov. 12, 2016 – 3:24 p.m.
A somber Hillary Clinton blamed her presidential election loss on a variety of factors Saturday, including FBI Director James B. Comey’s announcement last month that newfound emails possibly linked to her private server were being reviewed.
In a 20-minute phone call with donors, Clinton said Comey’s Oct. 28 letter to lawmakers about the investigation had halted some of her momentum near the end of the race, according to a person on the call.
“She was pretty clear there was a lot going on in this campaign, and that this was a factor, but not the only factor,” the person, who would not be named discussing the private call, said of Comey’s letter.
Comey’s letter sent shock waves throughout the presidential campaign in its final days, and Donald Trump and Republicans used it to rally supporters and fuel speculation that Clinton was under investigation. Clinton’s campaign called for more transparency from Comey.
Just two days before the election, Comey sent a follow-up letter to say that the new emails turned up nothing that would cause the bureau to change its recommendation not to prosecute Clinton.
During the call, Clinton also said she was determined to see that country has a prosperous future, echoing comments she delivered in her concession speech.