This Wednesday, President Obama criticized FBI Director James Comey’s decision to announce the Congress about the new review of thousands of emails that could be considered as part of the Bureau’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server.
Bad timing, Mr. Comey!
According to The Daily Beast, the President considers that Comey’s decision to disclose the emails just days before the election wasn’t the right thing to do. Of course, this automatically means that the Oval Office’s confidence in the FBI director, who holds a ten-year term, is under a big question mark.
When asked about the timing of James Comey’s announcement, the President said that even though he wants to avoid the appearance of himself becoming involved in the political process, “there is a norm that when we are investigating, we don’t operate on innuendo. We don’t operate on incomplete information. We don’t operate on leaks.”
Of course, he didn’t mention the FBI Director by name, but it was more than obvious that his answer was referring to him.
Will this actually influence the elections? Less likely, we’d say…
The decision was criticized by both Republicans and Democrats, while Attorney General Loretta Lynch, as well as several senior Justice Department officials, declared that James Comey was going against a policy that law enforcement officials should take actions that might influence an election.
The letter he send to the Congress said that the new batch of emails was discovered “in connection with an unrelated case”, which was later confirmed to be the investigation of former congressman Anthony Weiner, who exchanged explicit messages with a 15-year old girl. Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, is known for being one of Hillary Clinton’s closest aides, so when investigators were searching through a laptop, they discovered emails related to the Clinton private email server case.