Comey Tries to Explain the Timing of His Email Announcement
In a memo to FBI employees on Friday, Director James Comey sought to explain his announcement that additional emails discovered on devices used by Huma Abedin's current husband, Anthony Weiner, caused the bureau to reopen the Clinton email case.
A grand jury is considering whether to indict Weiner for sexting with an underage girl.
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 directly from me about it."
The bombshell revelation that newly discovered emails had prompted a new look into whether Clinton or those around her had broken the law my mishandling sensitive information rocked the race for the White House Friday.
Comey informed key Republican and Democrat lawmakers that new emails had surfaced that were relevant to the investigation, and warranted a new look.
Exactly when did these new emails "surface"? How long did Comey sit on this information? If the FBI doesn't know what's in them, how do they "appear to be pertinent" to the congressional investigation? What difference does it make to the cause of "justice" that there's an election in a few days?