Hillary Clinton: I Would Have Won If Not for Comey

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Clinton said "the unprecedented action of the Federal Bureau of Investigation director" was the most significant single factor in her loss to Donald Trump two days later. Comey issued a statement two days before the election reaffirming his decision announced in July that there was no reason to recommend charges against her.

"When we heard this Huma looked stricken", Clinton wrote in her book, out Tuesday.

In the interview, Clinton suggested that women heeded pressure from men not to vote for her, citing a conversation with Sheryl Sandberg, a Facebook executive and women's rights activist. "I stuck by her the same way she has always stuck by me".

Clinton said she recognizes that re-examining the ways she believes she was wronged by Comey during the election won't change things.

"There's a lot of self-exoneration", he said, adding that Clinton has never acknowledged that she simply lacked a message that resonated with voters. After Comey's announcement, men could turn to their wives or girlfriends and say, "I told you, she's going to be in jail".

The former secretary of state said she couldn't understand why Comey stepped into the election to discuss the investigation into her emails but did not disclose an FBI investigation into Trump's campaign and Russian meddling.

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"The Times, as usual, played an outsize role in shaping coverage of my emails throughout the election", Clinton wrote in "What Happened", which was released Tuesday.

She also expressed that voter identification laws, which she labeled "voter suppression", was also responsible for her loss.

"If I had been elected and this had come to light ..." She said she also made her own mistakes but outlined them in the book and didn't bring them up.

"If more third-party voters had listened to Bill Weld, Trump would not be President", Clinton wrote. What about the interference by an adversary nation to determine or tilt the outcome of our election?

'Well I will say no, Matt, ' Clinton responded.

Lauer, who Clinton bashed in the book for his handling of a candidate forum, said by way of "full disclosure" that Clinton criticized him in it, asked: 'When it comes to the self-inflicted wounds, did you make enough mistakes yourself to lose the election without any of the other things you talk about?

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