Peter Certo: The Hidden Bombshell in the Comey-Trump Story

As Mashable reports, the behind-the-scenes footage was shared by Clinton's friend Philippe Reines, who also happens to be the one playing Trump in the hilarious video.

Nick Merrill, a 2016 campaign spokesman for Hillary Clinton, said he thought the video was "hysterical". But, hey, at least they had a moment of fun before a devastating loss.

Reines tweeted a video of himself on Friday, where he jokingly played the part of Trump by trying to bring Clinton in for an embrace. "A favorite moment from debate prep (9/24/16)".

But Trump tried to hug him anyway, which Comey avoided, and it resulted in an awkward handshake.

Benjamin Wittes, editor-in-chief of Lawfare and a friend of Comey's who provided the Times with details of the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's thinking, provided more details in his own recounting of Comey's thoughts on "the hug".


That's certainly true in Clinton's case, who struggled with low popularity ratings, and was frequently criticized for the tightly controlled nature of her political persona. But Trump pulled him into an embrace and Comey didn't reciprocate. It was bad enough there was going to be a handshake.

Her debate prep partner opens his arms to her, but the former Secretary of State grabs his hand and attempts to run away before he grabs her.

In the video, she is seen avoiding his hug by reaching out and shaking his hand.

One of those incidents was when Trump beckoned to Comey from across the room during a January meeting of law enforcement officials at the White House, calling him over while saying "Oh, and there's Jim".

In fact, during Trump's campaign he stated, "If I win, I am going to instruct my Attorney General to get a special prosecutor to look into your (Hillary Clinton) situation because there has never been so many lies, so much deception".

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