John Podesta, who served as campaign chairman for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election, believes anti-Clinton “forces within the FBI” may be to blame for the former Democratic presidential candidate’s loss in November.
“There are at least forces within the FBI that wanted her to lose,” he told Bloomberg Politics editor John Heilemann during an event hosted by NewCo. “I’m not sure they really understood the alternative, but they wanted her to lose. I think that’s one possibility.”
Podesta offered no evidence to back up his speculation, though it is a common assumption among Democratic operatives.
The campaign leader argued these unidentified “forces” could have led to FBI Director James Comey’s decision to come forward 11 days before Election Day to alert Congress that the federal agency was examining more of Clinton’s emails from her tenure as secretary of state.