The startling, election rattling announcement from the FBI’s James Comey Friday afternoon that more emails have been uncovered that are related to the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server has been met with harsh criticism.
Now, that harsh criticism has turned into at least symbolic action, as the Democratic Coalition Against Trump has filed an official motion with the US Department of Justice alleging that Comey’s announcement amounts to illegal meddling in the US election.
What began early Friday as an announcement which troubled those hoping for a smooth ride for Clinton as she heads to what is likely going to be a resounding victory come November quickly turned into anger at Comey’s ambiguity.
As the hours went on, what Comey referenced in his ominously worded announcement turned out to be emails which likely have nothing to do with the former Secretary of State and were found on the private computers of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin and her former husband Anthony Weiner.
The grassroots organizational arm of the the Keep America Great PAC thus acted early Friday afternoon against Comey’s reckless behavior by filing an official US Department of Justice complaint. After all, under the Hatch Act, federal employees such as Comey are not permitted to interfere in electoral processes.
Comey isn’t stupid and was well aware of the election meddling impact of his announcement.
Scott Dworkin, Senior Advisor to the Democratic Coalition Against Trump, spoke to the possible illegal political underpinnings to Comey’s announcement:
‘It is absolutely absurd that FBI Director Comey would support Donald Trump like this with only 11 days to go before the election. It is an obvious attack from a lifelong Republican who used to serve in the Bush White House, just to undermine her campaign. Comey needs to focus on stopping terrorists and protecting America, not investigating our soon to be President-Elect Hillary Clinton.’
Comey’s announcement comes in an electoral environment already severely polluted with email dumps, dumps which have been alleged by American intelligence officials to be fueled by Russian interests working with Wikileaks. After all, it’s not as though Wikileaks has been hacking emails from the RNC.
Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta is among the growing crowd of public figures slamming Comey for his announcement, which came in the form of a publicly available letter to Congress, over the emails.
The Clinton campaign chairman said:
‘Director Comey’s letter refers to emails that have come to light in an unrelated case, but we have no idea what those emails are and the Director himself notes they may not even be significant.’
Podesta also touched on the same issue addressed by the Democratic Coalition Against Trump, which is that Comey’s announcement is suspicious at best, since the presidential election is only 11 days away.
Podesta thus continued, saying, “It is extraordinary that we would see something like this just 11 days out from a presidential election. The Director owes it to the American people to immediately provide the full details of what he is now examining.”
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