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Palmieri: Comey Letter Had ‘Impact’ of Skewing the Election

On Monday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show,” former Hillary for America Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri argued that FBI Director James Comey’s pre-election letter wasn’t an attempt at skewing the election, “it had that impact.”

Palmieri began by saying that there are “a lot of things that we could have done differently that probably would have made a difference.” She further stated that the Clinton campaign’s internal swing state polling was off, and they could have spent more time in other states.

She added, “[W]hat we think accounts for the big dropoff, I mean, I’m talking about a big dropoff, like five to two points in each of these states, is the Comey letter, and that isn’t to say that there’s not things that our campaign could have done better or differently, or in retrospect that we would do differently.”

Palmieri further argued that while she doesn’t think Comey was trying to skew the election, “it had that impact.” And that Comey was trying to “cover himself” with Republicans in Congress.

She concluded by decrying Comey’s letter as “unprecedented, irresponsible, and it had a — regardless of what his intentions were, had devastating impact.”

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