NEW YORK: Hillary Clinton has said that Â in reopening a probe into her controversial email practices, Â Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director James Comey Â had eroded the momentum her campaign had gained in the weeks Â leading up to the November 8 election, US media said on Â Sunday.
Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate, had been Â ahead in all major polls leading up to last Tuesdayâ€™s vote, Â which ushered in a surprise victory for Donald Trump and Â the Republicans.
She has kept a low profile since her defeat after Â delivering her concession speech on Wednesday morning.
Clinton told top donors in a conference call that â€œthere Â are lots of reasons why an election like this is not successful,â€ Â according to a person on the call, according to the Media Â reports.
â€œBut Â our analysis is that Jim Comeyâ€™s letter raising doubts that were
groundless [and] baseless â€“ and proven to be â€“ stopped our momentum.â€
On October 28, Comey jolted the presidential race when he Â told Congress that the FBI was once again examining Clintonâ€™s Â use of a private server while secretary of state after new Â emails were discovered in another investigation into former Â congressman Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of close Â Clinton aide Huma Abedin, a US-born Muslim-American.
On November 6, two days before the vote, Comey sent another Â letter to Congress stating that a review of Weinerâ€™s emails had Â revealed no wrongdoing, and that the FBI was sticking with its Â July recommendation not to charge Clinton. In July, Comey had Â said that while the FBI would not charge Clinton her email Â practices were â€œextremely careless.â€
Trump had made a major issue of Clintonâ€™s email practices Â during the campaign, famously threatening to throw her in Â prison during one of the presidential debates.
While the first Comey letter reopened voter concerns Â over the email issue, Clinton said the second letter clearing Â her of wrongdoing allowed Trump to reinforce his message Â that the system was rigged.
The FBI directorâ€™s letters to Congress days before the Â election led to accusations that the bureau was politicized Â and interfering in the election, an accusation President Barack Â Obama said he believed was not true.
Meanwhile, thousands of protesters across the United States Â continued to rally against Trump on Saturday, accusing the
president-elect of bigotry and racism.
The largest rallies were in New York, Los Angeles and Â Chicago, where protesters chanted â€œNot my president!â€ In Â New York, thousands marched to Trump Tower, the Â president-electâ€™s skyscraper home where the transition Â team is headquartered.
The protests have further polarized the nation as Trump Â supporters, some of whom said they would not accept a Clinton Â win before the election, are now accusing those on the streets Â of not respecting the outcome of the vote.