FBI Director Comey, who angered
Democrats, gets hug from Trump
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[January 23, 2017]
(Reuters) - FBI Director James Comey upset Democrats over the email
drama that engulfed Democrat Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. On
Sunday, he got a hug from President Donald Trump.
President Donald Trump greets Director of the FBI James Comey as U.S.
Vice President Mike Pence (L) and Director of the Secret Service Joseph
Clancy (2nd L) watch during the Inaugural Law Enforcement Officers and
First Responders Reception in the Blue Room of the White House in
Washington, U.S., January 22, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
It occurred at a
reception for law enforcement and security officials in the
White House Blue Room on Trump's second full day as president.
Trump saw Comey in the audience and called out to him. Comey
then strode up to Trump, who shook his hand and gave him a hug.
"He's become more famous than me," Trump said with a chuckle.
Comey sent a letter to the U.S. Congress only days before the
Nov. 8 election announcing that he was reinstating an
investigation into whether Clinton mishandled classified
information when she used a private email server while secretary
of state from 2009 to 2012.
The FBI director announced a week later that he had reviewed a
new batch of emails and decided there was no new indication that
a prosecution was needed, but the political damage was already
Days after the election, Clinton privately blamed Comey for her
shock defeat, telling donors that Trump was able to seize on
both of Comey's announcements and use them to attack her.
(Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Paul Simao)
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