Cummings On FBI Conclusion: Trump Had Already ‘Blown This Thing Up’

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Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, on Sunday evening said that he was glad FBI Director James Comey announced the conclusion of the Hillary Clinton latest email review, but he lamented that some of the damage had already been done.

“I’m glad he came forward to clear it up, and I’m glad that the FBI so swiftly went through the emails. But, Wolf, this should have never happened,” he told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “I don’t think that the director should have come out last week and put out that very vague letter, and I think it was a mistake.”

Cummings indicated that Donald Trump had still been able to use the FBI’s announcement that it would review a new set of emails to go after the Democratic presidential nominee.

“Unfortunately, a lot of people have already voted over the last week. And also unfortunately, Donald Trump and his associates have made — have blown this thing up like Director Comey should have known,” he said. “You know, Donald Trump saying this is worse than Watergate and he didn’t even know what the hell he was talking about.”

Comey sent a letter to Congress on Sunday announcing that the FBI had reviewed all new emails to or from Clinton and that the bureau has “not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton.”

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