Democrat presidential candidate in the just concluded US elections, Hillary Clinton has blamed her defeat on Federal Bureau Investigation Director, James Comey during a conference call with her top campaign funders on Saturday.
Before the election, Clinton was projected by nearly every national public opinion poll as heavy favorite going into Tuesday’s race against, her counterpart Republican candidate, Donald Trump, who won the election, and put the entire country in a shock, and prompted widespread protests
It was gathered that the presidential candidate has kept a low profile since her defeat after delivering her concession speech on Wednesday morning.
According to two participants who were on the call, Clinton told her supporters that her team had drafted a memo that looked at the changing opinion polls leading up to the election and that the letter from Comey proved to be a turning point.
She said Comey’s decision to go public with the renewed examination of her email server had caused an erosion of support in the upper Midwest.
Meanwhile, political analysis reported that Clinton lost in Wisconsin, the first time since 1984 that the state favored the Republican candidate in a presidential election.
Although the final result in Michigan has still not been tallied, it is leaning Republican, in a state that last favored the Republican nominee in 1988.
Through Clinton’s close aids, she maintained that Comey sent a letter to Congress only days before the election announcing that he was reinstating an investigation into whether the presidential candidate mishandled classified information when she used a private email server while secretary of state from 2009 to 2012.
They said that Comey announcement a week later that claimed he had reviewed emails and continued to believe she should not be prosecuted, political damage the existing lead and that it was irrelevant.
“Clinton told donors that Trump was able to seize on both of Comey’s announcements and use them to attack her, according to two participants on the call.
While the second letter cleared her of wrongdoing, through the phone, Clinton said that reinforced to Trump’s supporters that the system was rigged in her favor and motivated them to mobilize on Election Day.
On the phone call, Dennis Chang, who served as Clinton’s finance chair, said her campaign and the national party had raised more than $900 million from more than 3 million individual donors.
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