Former FBI Director James Comey was an “idiot” in the context of the 2016 presidential election, says the chair of Democrat Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential campaign.

On Tuesday, John Podesta discussed Comey’s recent book, A Higher Loyalty, telling CNN’s Wolf Blitzer the ex-FBI head’s decision to release a statement on Clinton’s ongoing private email investigation helped tank her presidential ambitions.

“I’ve never attacked Mr. Comey for trying to do something that was for a partisan reason,” said Podesta. “I think… to some extent it was his arrogance that lead him to make a very bad error of judgment.”

“I thought he was an idiot in the context of this election and that it was influential in the outcome and now we have someone who, as he said, is morally unfit to be the President of the United States.”

Podesta concluded that neither he, nor Hillary would likely read Comey’s book.

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