Yet, Mr Comey said he thought disguising the discovery of new Hillary Clinton emails would have been "catastrophic".
The remarks came amid a Senate board on FBI oversight, in which Mr. Comey confronted intense inquiries regarding his investigation into Mrs. Clinton's private email utilize.
Mr Comey added that:
"even in hindsight I would make the same decision".
The FBI had been exploring the potential misusing of grouped messages through a private server Clinton utilized while filling in as secretary of state. The FBI shut the underlying test in July, reasoning that Clinton had been "amazingly indiscreet."
At the point when the FBI found a large number of new messages from the Democratic hopeful on the hard drive of Anthony Weiner, the previous congressman and spouse of Clinton assistant Huma Abedin, the FBI chief said he confronted a decision to either "talk or cover."
Weiner had been under scrutiny in a random case, yet the FBI discovered Abedin had been sending a huge number of messages to the laptop, Comey stated, and many were from a BlackBerry email account that the FBI had not possessed the capacity to beforehand test.
“There were thousands of new emails,”
Comey said that many of those emails had classified information but that his agents reported to him that the new information did not change their original conclusions about Clinton’s benign intent in setting up the private email server.
Democrats have likewise been angry that Comey made such a politically touchy declaration while not freely unveiling that the bureau was examining Donald Trump's crusade and its associations with Russian endeavors to meddle in the presidential decision.
Comey freely affirmed that examination in March of 2017, maddening Democrats who contend that he treated the Clinton and Trump contrastingly amidst a warmed presidential battle and put his hand on the scale for Trump.
Clinton, on the other hand, said in New York on Tuesday "If the election had been on October 27, I would be your president," referring to the day before Mr. Comey notified Congress of the discovery of new emails.
"I was on the way to winning until a combination of Jim Comey's letter on October 28 and Russian Wikileaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me and got scared off."
But President Donald Trump shot back online.
Democrats have criticised Mr Comey for not revealing the investigation before the election as he had with Mrs Clinton.
But the FBI head said he treated both inquiries "consistently".