FBI investigators reviewing former Rep. Anthony Weiner's computer in an unrelated case discovered he had thousands of emails from Hillary Clinton's Verizon Blackberry account - which they believed were the missing Clinton emails, Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee.
"I can't find a case that's been brought in the last 50 years that has no showing of [criminal] intent", Comey said.
Comey spent Wednesday on Capitol Hill defending his decision to revisit the Clinton email investigation less than two weeks before last year's presidential election.
Republicans slammed the supposedly impromptu chat between the ex-president and the country's top prosecutor, alleging the fix was in regarding the feds' probe into Hillary.
On Tuesday, Hillary Clinton said at a Women for Women International event in NY that "if the election had been on October 27, I would be your president".
The director also said he had never shared classified information related to those investigations to the media.
Clinton speaking at a Women for Women International event on Tuesday cast blame for her election loss on FBI Director James Comey's ill-timed letter to Congress, "Russian WikiLeaks", and misogyny.
Several days later, Giuliani appeared on Fox News and gleefully said he had already known about the new trove of emails.
"I think she would have been well served to just stop before she got to 'but the reason I lost...'" Axelrod responded.
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"On October 27, the team that had finished its investigation into Clinton's email server asked to meet with me", Comey explained earlier in the hearing. "That was our burden and we were unable to meet it", he said.
"FBI Director Comey was the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton in that he gave her a free pass for many bad deeds!" he tweeted.
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. Not just to the Federal Bureau of Investigation but well beyond and honestly between really bad and catastrophic, I said to my team, we've got to walk into the world of really bad. Have they said anything? Though officials found many new emails, officials again found insufficient evidence that anyone had meant to break the law, Comey said.
Graham then shifted to Weiner's computer, which the FBI linked to Hillary Clinton in 2016 during its widely publicized classified email investigation.
One rebuttal that Comey said will work is creating "good troll armies" online to counter Russian disinformation campaign.
President Donald Trump criticized Comey on Tuesday on Twitter.
"And I tried to be as complete and fair" as possible, Comey said. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) asked if President Trump was among the campaign figures ruled out in the investigation.
"It was a hard choice, I still believe in retrospect the right choice, as painful as it's been", Comey told the Senate Judiciary committee.
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