In his book "A Higher Loyalty", scheduled for public release next week but excerpts of which were published by news organizations Thursday, he defends his decision to tell Congress in October 2016, just weeks before the election, that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was re-opening its probe of Mrs. Clinton's handling of classified information using a private email server as secretary of state.
Comey used the interview with George Stephanopoulos to unleash a series of critiques of the man who fired him, President Donald Trump, but also mentioned a heretofore untold scandal involving Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
A report from Axios Saturday claims excerpts from his upcoming book indicate he believes he mishandled the Clinton investigation.
The focus will be on past Democratic criticism of Comey.
He wrote: "Assuming, as almost everyone did, that Hillary Clinton would be elected president of the United States in less than two weeks, what would happen to the FBI, the Justice Department or her own presidency if it later was revealed, after the fact, that she still was the subject of an FBI investigation?"
The government learned of this information in 2016.
"James Comey has done something remarkable", he said. However, in the book Comey acknowledges that he assumed at the time that Clinton would win the election. President Donald Trump and his allies have unleashed a smear campaign against the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director ahead of his book release, with White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders telling reporters on Friday, "This is nothing more than a poorly-executed PR stunt by Comey to desperately rehabilitate his tattered reputation and enrich his own bank account by peddling a book that belongs in the bargain bin". "I would avoid the "Seacresting" mistake by saying at the beginning of my statement that we weren't recommending charges", he said according to Axios.
"I$3 f I had it to do over again, I would do some things differently". "More important, I would have tried to find a better way to describe Secretary Clinton's conduct than 'extremely careless'".