Shortly after deciding to not recommend charges against then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, former FBI Director James Comey made cryptic remarks to a conference that seemed to call into question his own impartiality and decision-making ability, according to audio from the conference reviewed by GotNews.
Speaking at an event celebrating National Whistleblower Appreciation Day on August 1st, 2016 – less than a month after his infamous press conference in which he bizarrely announced his decision to not recommend charges against Clinton, while simultaneously laying out the overwhelming evidence against her – Comey made a series of equally bizarre statements about his own judgment.
“As goodhearted as I am, I am frequently wrong,” Comey told the audience. “It’s hard to be wrong. It’s hard to stare at facts that are different than those I believe to be true and recognize that I’m in error. The human brain has evolved to embrace this difficulty with being wrong.”
Comey then delved into his personal issues with confirmation bias, suggesting the psychological phenomenon frequently plagues both his fact-finding ability and judgment.
“One of the most powerful forces in nature is the confirmation bias,” Comey continued. “I have to begin and end each day with the notion that I may not even perceive in my consciousness facts that are different from what I already believe that instead I will drink in, suck in facts that support my preconceptions and my biases… That terrifies me as a leader.”
Comey’s controversial comments and full remarks can be heard in this audio clip, starting at 0:56:
Curiously, Comey disclosed this information just one day after Fox News’ Chris Wallace testy interview with Clinton aired. In the interview, Wallace and Clinton clashed over whether Comey had confirmed that she lied about her private email server. Clinton later walked back the false statements she made to Wallace, claiming she “short-circuited.”
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