During his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Comey said that Weiner had classified information on his laptop.
Comey said the choices were either bad or catastrophic, but speaking out was the only option because it was the only way to protect the independence of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "It makes me feel mildly nauseous that we might have had some impact on the election".
The Democrat on Tuesday (2 May) suggested she would now be president had it not been for a combination of Wikileaks and the FBI reopening its investigation into her use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state.
Although the FBI disclosed a week later that the investigation had found no wrongdoing by Clinton, and that no charges were warranted, Clinton and her supporters have blamed Comey's disclosure for tilting the election in Donald Trump's favor.
President Trump tweeted that Comey "gave her a free pass for her many bad deeds". The phony.Trump/Russia story was an excuse used by the Democrats as justification for losing the election.
Wednesday's testimony by Comey came during what was meant to be a routine oversight hearing of the FBI, but was instead dominated by questions relating to investigations surrounding the 2016 campaign.
'I don't know yet, but if I find out that people were leaking information about our investigation, whether to reporters or private parties, there will be severe consequences, ' the FBI director said. "I've gotten all kinds of rocks thrown at me and this has been really hard, but I think I have done the right thing at each turn".
He said he had been concerned for months about how to report the investigation's findings to the public, and because of Justice Department actions including an impromptu airplane meeting between Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch he had concluded he needed to make the announcement himself.
WikiLeaks past year published e-mails from Democratic accounts that USA intelligence officials believe were hacked by Russian Federation. He likened the site to "intelligence porn" and said it pushed out information to damage the United States. Comey, however, stuck by his decision to notify Congress of new emails related to the Clinton email probe less than two weeks before Election Day. "It takes a lot of work to lose to Donald Trump".
Comey said he made a decision to go public with his findings from the Hillary Clinton email investigation following former President Bill Clinton met privately with Attorney General Loretta Lynch. He said he welcomed that review and continues to believe he did things the right way. And you'd say 'Let's see what we have before we go out and indict.' And if they looked at what they had, they'd have to say 'Well, there's nothing new.