Hillary Clinton directly blames FBI director James Comey for her loss, telling her campaign’s biggest fundraisers and donors today that his two letters to Congress tilted several crucial states to Donald Trump.
“There are lots of reasons why an election like this is not successful,” she said on a wrap-up conference call with her national finance committee, according to a person on the call. “But our analysis is that Jim Comey’s letter raising doubts that were groundless [and] baseless—and proven to be—stopped our momentum.”
Clinton told participants that the campaign’s data saw her numbers plunge after the first letter, then rebounded. But the second letter, she said, awakened Donald Trump’s voters.