On Wednesday, FBI Director James Comey testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, defending his decision to broadcast the bureau's investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails just days before voters cast their ballots for president last November.
Although the Clinton investigation was closed, Comey said, investigators decided they needed a search warrant for thousands of emails the agency found on a computer owned by Anthony Weiner, a former NY congressman who is married to Clinton's top aide, Huma Abedin.
But Comey said that other than confirming the Clinton investigation existed, he did not discuss it until after it concluded past year. Mr. Comey said that failing to inform Congress would have a required an "act of concealment".
"Concealing in my view would be catastrophic".
The FBI, which is supposed to remain politically neutral, said a few days later the new emails did not change its July decision not to recommend criminal charges against Clinton, but many Democrats believe the political damage was done.
On March 20, Comey had disclosed during testimony before the House Intelligence Committee that the FBI was investigating whether members of President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign had colluded with Russian intelligence to help tilt the election in their favor, according to The New York Times.
Comey says it made him - in his words - "mildly nauseous" to think he might've had an influence on the 2016 election, as many Democrats believe.
The Trump-Russia counter-intelligence investigation, he argued, was highly classified and was in its "very early stages" by the time of the election. It "could have been China, could have been a lot of different groups", he said in a CBS interview that aired on Sunday. He said he'd like his story told, because much of it is classified, but he also noted that he'd like to know if he did anything wrong.
He also said he had not meant to harm the Clinton campaign with his unusual public announcement in July that Mrs Clinton and her aides had been "extremely careless" in their handling of classified information though there was not evidence to support criminal charges.
"The most important investigation the FBI is now conducting is into Russia's interference in our last presidential election", Sen.
Despite the overwhelming evidence, Comey refused to admit that his decision had anything to do with Orange Julius Caesar's ascension to the White House-but he also would not disclose that he was voted "Person Most Likely to Be Bigfoot" in high school.
"As between really bad and catastrophic, I said to my team, we've got to walk into the world of really bad", Comey testified.
Comey said he was then forced to make a decision on how to proceed which would call into question the traditions he upheld throughout the entirety of his career.
He declined on Wednesday to discuss that investigation or to say which Americans the FBI was looking at.
Meanwhile, speaking at a Women on Women luncheon Tuesday, Hillary Clinton said if it wasn't for Comey's investigation, she would have won the presidency.
Following those remarks, Trump criticised Comey the night before the hearing.
Without directly indicting the Trump administration, FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday tore down the logic behind the President's travel ban and noted hostile rhetoric and government policy towards Muslims made the jobs of law enforcement officials "harder".