Grassley also grilled Comey about a recent New York Times report of an email that described assurances made by former Attorney General Loretta Lynch that she would protect Clinton by making sure the FBI's investigation of her email scandal did not go too far.
Her remarks at a NY charity luncheon on Tuesday were the most extensive and direct about her loss since the shock result past year. The phony.Trump/Russia story was an excuse used by the Democrats as justification for losing the election.
Clinton's remarks clearly set the stage for yesterday's Senate Judiciary Committee grilling of Comey on the very same subject - the reopening of the Clinton email case (a fact announced in a letter to Congress on October 28) after the Federal Bureau of Investigation found classified Clinton emails forwarded to the computer of Anthony Weiner.
"Now either they're lying or there is a serious problem within the bureau", Leahy said to Comey on Wednesday.
About his handling of the Clinton email investigation, Comey told Blumenthal, "I've got all kinds of rocks thrown at me, and this has been really hard".
But there was nothing found that changed the FBI's decision not to recommend charges. Comey, however, stuck by his decision to notify Congress of new emails related to the Clinton email probe less than two weeks before Election Day. Everybody who disagrees with me has to come back to October 28 with me and stare at this and tell me what you would do.
Comey was repeatedly questioned by senators Wednesday on why he spoke up on the Clinton emails investigation during the election but kept secret the FBI's probe into Russian interference during the campaign.
The normal way to do it would be to the Department of Justice announce it. Comey said he welcomed the review.
"I think everybody agrees that in one way or another, it impacted the election", the California Democrat said on "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" Wednesday.
"Did anybody in the FBI during this 2016 campaign have contact with Rudy Giuliani about the Clinton investigation?" Trump has refused to release his tax returns to the public.
"There was no information and the election was lost", Feinstein said. The bureau also spent months, including right up to shortly before Election Day past year, looking into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.
Comey said he decided the Justice Department was too compromised in July to publicly explain why Clinton would not be charged without "grievous damage to the American people's confidence in the justice system". "I would make the same decision", Comey, 56, said.
Breaking that policy would be "really bad", Comey said. If I were not to speak about that, it would be a disastrous, catastrophic concealment. "And I could be wrong, but we honestly made a decision between those two choices that even in hindsight - and this has been one of the world's most painful experiences - I would make the same decision", said Comey.