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Clinton: 'Dumbfounded' When Comey Reopened Email Probe

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Hillary Clinton was stunned when then-FBI Director James Comey reopened the agency's investigation into her private email server just days before the 2016 election, she told TODAY on Wednesday in her first live interview since the race.

"I thought what is he doing … the investigation is closed," Clinton said about Comey's Oct. 28 letter that reintroduced his agency's probe of her emails.

"I was just dumbfounded," she added. "It became clear this was not necessary, he could have called me up."

"I feel very strongly that he went way beyond his role," Clinton said.

Comey's decision to reopen the probe has been credited as one of many factors that contributed to Donald Trump's surprise win in November.

Clinton's interview came a day after the official release of her book, "What Happened," in which she offers her understanding of her loss in last year's election, discussing at times some of her "own shortcomings and the mistakes we made."

"I take responsibility for all of them," she wrote in the memoir. "In my more introspective moments, I do recognize that my campaign in 2016 lacked the sense of urgency and passion that I remember from (Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign)."

But the former secretary of state also used the book to settle scores with those whom she says kept her from the White House, including Comey, Bernie Sanders, Green Party nominee Jill Stein, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, Russian meddling, and the media.

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Meanwhile, the White house weighed in Tuesday on Clinton's book, with Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders calling Trump's 2016 rival "sad."

"Whether or not he's going to read Hillary Clinton's book, I am not sure. But I would think that he's pretty well-versed on what happened," Sanders said.

"I think it's sad that after Hillary Clinton ran one of the most negative campaigns in history and lost, and the last chapter of her public life is going to be now defined by propping up book sales with false and reckless attacks," she added. "And I think that that's a sad way for her to continue this work."

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