Donald Trump warmly greets FBI Director James Comey at White House

January 23, 2017 7:20 pm

Vice President Mike Pence (left) and Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy stand as President shakes hands with FBI Director during a reception for inaugural law enforcement officers in the Blue Room of the White House. (Photo by AP)

US President Donald Trump has warmly greeted FBI Director James Comey, the man who some Democrats accuse of handing Trump the presidency.
At a White House reception for law enforcement and security officials on Sunday, Trump called out Comey with a handshake, a bro-hug and a quip that “he’s become more famous than me.”
In the Blue Room of the White House, Comey walked towards Trump, who shook his hand warmly and put an arm around him, patting him on the back.
Trump had once denounced Comey’s handling of an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails, but later on the billionaire praised him when the FBI chief announced the resumption of the investigation only days before the election.
Eleven days before the November 8 election, Comey sent a letter to notify Congressional leaders that the bureau had unearthed new, unspecific emails that appeared “pertinent” to its already closed investigation into Clinton’s private server.
The had adversely affected Clinton’s presidential bid, with Trump insisting that the letter indicated further evidence of serious wrongdoing by the former secretary of state.
A week later, the FBI director announced that he had reviewed new emails and concluded that prosecution was not needed. However, Democrats said the damage to Clinton’s campaign was already done.

Hillary Clinton makes a concession speech after being defeated by Donald Trump in New York on November 9, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

She lost the election to Trump despite his extreme unpopularity among ethnic minorities. The Republican received 306 votes in the Electoral College, 36 more than he needed to win the White House.
Clinton, however, won the national popular vote by nearly 3 million ballots in the November election.
After the election, Clinton’s top advisers blamed the FBI director for the Democrat’s bruising loss, saying his letters encouraged Trump supporters and depressed the turnout for Clinton on Election Day.
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