Director Comey acted against the advice of the DoJ when he sent the letter to Congress about the reopening of the Clinton email server case.
He was reportedly warned against notifying Congress about a batch of newly discovered emails with potential ties to Hillary Clinton’s private server.
According to the Washington Post, before issuing the letter to Congress that sent shock waves through the Clinton campaign Friday, Comey consulted senior Justice Department officials who advised him of the DOJ’s position “that we don’t comment on an ongoing investigation. And we don’t take steps that will be viewed as influencing an election.”
“Director Comey understood our position,” said one official, who spoke to the Post on the condition of anonymity. “It was conveyed to the FBI, and Comey made an independent decision to alert the Hill. He is operating independently of the Justice Department. And he knows it.”
Attorney General Loretta Lynch urged Comey to stick to the Department’s practice, according to the New Yorker, and not to take any action that could influence the presidential election— which is now just 10 days away.
The New York Times is suggesting Mrs. Clinton put distance between herself and Huma Abedin as if this reopening of the email case by the FBI has nothing to do with her. That is the tale being spun by the media and it’s coming from the Clinton campaign itself.
FBI Director James Comey explained in a memo why he alerted GOP lawmakers that the investigation into Clinton’s private email server was reopened which was because of its political sensitivity. He likely wanted to get ahead of any leaks and he is very conscious of the election.
Perhaps he wanted to set things right.
This broke on The Kelly File last night. The show is unwatchable if you support the Republican candidate. Chris Stirewalt looked close to tears and made the claim that the GOP wants the Kremlin involved. Stirewalt is obviously buying into Democrat talking points. No one wants the Kremlin involved.
In the internal memo obtained by Fox News, Comey, who has been under extraordinary pressure from the GOP, told his bureau that he broke with custom because Clinton is seeking the White House on November 8th.
After being bashed from the right for two months, Comey is now under intense pressure from the very angry left who are insisting he mishandled the case.
Mr. Comey told his bureau that he broke with custom in alerting lawmakers that the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server was being reopened because of its political sensitivity.
In an internal memo obtained by Fox News, the beleaguered director noted that the FBI typically would not communicate with the public when reopening a case, according to a Department of Justice source. But Comey said he had to in this case because Clinton is seeking the White House in an election on Nov. 8.
“Of course we don’t ordinarily tell Congress about ongoing investigations, but here I feel an obligation to do so given that I testified repeatedly in recent months that our investigation was completed,” Comey wrote. “I also think it would be misleading to the American people were we not to supplement the record.
“At the same time, however, given that we do not know the significance of this newly discovered collection of emails, I don’t want to create a misleading impression,” Comey’s letter continued. “In trying to strike that balance, in a brief letter, and in the middle of an election season, there is significant risk of being misunderstood, but I wanted you to hear directy from me about it.”
Newly discovered emails required he reopen the case and take another look after having closed the case in July.
Will the Director come out in two or three days to tell us all is resolved?
Sean Hannity read a powerful letter from a former FBI agent to FBI Director Comey on his radio show Friday. It was stunning and in the letter the agent says something also repeated by former US prosecutor Andy McCarthy, and that is that the Clinton case is a RICO organized crime case. In the letter he lambasts Director Comey.
If this letter is in any way indicative of the way the agents feel in general, it’s very possible the Director is making this move because of the pressure he thinks threatens his reputation and that of the bureau from within.
The memo via Fox: