Russian Federation presents greatest threat to US: FBI chief

Under fire from Democrats, FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday it would have been "catastrophic" to keep Congress in the dark about developments in the Hillary Clinton email investigation that emerged close to Election Day.

FBI Director James Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee today that he felt "mildly nauseous" at any thought that his actions in the Clinton email investigation could have handed the election to Donald Trump, but he'd make the same decision again.

The FBI chief has said it makes him "mildly nauseous" to think reopening a probe into Clinton emails tipped the United States election.

He told the panel one reason for the FBI's renewed interest in Clinton's case was that investigators had found emails, some of them classified, forwarded by Clinton's assistant Huma Abedin to her husband, who was not authorized to see such information.

Trump alleged that the Trump/Russia story was as an excuse used by the Democrats as justification for losing the election.

Clinton during an interview Tuesday insisted, "I was on my way to winning until the combination of Jim Comey's letter on October 28 and Russia Wiki- Leaks [of her campaign emails] raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me but got scared off".

Becoming the first woman USA president would have been "a really big deal", she said.

Comey was asked if he was looking into whether FBI agents may have leaked information about the Clinton investigation.

"To not speak about it would require an act of concealment in my view", Director Comey said.

"She has a legitimate beef because Comey's letter was instrumental, I think, in her defeat, so in a narrow sense she is right about it", he said. "If he wants to tweet about me then I am happy to be the diversion because we have a lot of things to worry about".

When Senator Richard Blumenthal of CT asked Comey if he had any regrets, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director said no. "The only thing I regret is maybe answering the phone when they recruited me to be Federal Bureau of Investigation director and I was living happily in CT".

"If I were her, I would move on", said Axelrod.

Comey also disclosed that he has been interviewed by the Justice Department's Inspector General Office, which is conducing its own investigation into how the FBI handled the Clinton email probe.

"We treated it like we did the Clinton investigation", Comey maintained.

Republicans on the House Russia investigation noted that during Comey's last visit, there were nearly 100 instances when he said he could not answer their questions - something they hope will change in the private setting.

Comey added that not notifying Congress simply because it could influence the election would politicise the agency and result in the "death of the FBIs independent institution in America".

WikiLeaks past year published e-mails from Democratic accounts that USA intelligence officials believe were hacked by Russian Federation.

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