“What are Hillary Clinton’s people complaining about with respect to the F.B.I. Based on the information they had, she should never have been allowed to run – guilty as hell,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Friday.
The Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General said its probe would focus in part on decisions leading up to public communications by FBI Director James Comey regarding the Clinton investigation, and whether underlying investigative decisions may have been based on “improper considerations.”
For the entire year, the networks have devoted zero minutes to in-depth policy discussions, but they dedicated 125 minutes to Clinton emails. Media Matters found that in the week following’s Comey’s announcement, five major newspapers published 100 stories about the emails, 46 of which appeared on the front page.
Abedin informed the FBI in April that, like many State Department officials, she found the government network technology cumbersome, and she had great trouble printing documents there. As a result, she sometimes transferred emails from her unclassified State Department account to either her Yahoo account and printed the emails from there.
Several historians and former agents said the unusual leaking of information and subsequent media reports can do damage not only to the current presidential election but also to the FBI’s effectiveness and the nation’s democracy.
Obama appointed Comey FBI director because he seemed like the best man in the Bush administration — a tragic error that could lose his team the political World Series. Obama’s choice is clear. For the common good, Director Comey must be stopped.
It seems that he’s either signed off on an election-week records dump, via Twitter, from an old investigation of the Clinton Foundation, or has lost control of the agents who staff the FBI’s Twitter account. Either way, he’s made a choice to let chaos reign in the closing days of a presidential campaign.
The chances of the bureau missing such evidence after what Comey had described as a comprehensive inquiry appears to be slight, former prosecutors said.
According to Reid, the FBI director “possess[es] explosive information about close ties and coordination between Donald Trump, his top advisers, and the Russian government—a foreign interest openly hostile to the United States, which Trump praises at every opportunity.”
Media figures from across the political spectrum are criticizing FBI Director James Comey for defying Justice Department rules and precedent.
Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid sent an angry letter to Comey on Sunday suggesting he violated the Hatch Act. “Through your partisan actions, you may have broken the law,” he wrote.