FBI Director James Comey knew the pending political shock waves of what he was doing Friday afternoon when he sent a letter to leading Republican members of Congress saying that his agency had discovered emails previously unknown but supposedly related to the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s usage of a private email server while Secretary of State.
Almost immediately the national political conversation was set ablaze with reports that the year long- but concluded– FBI investigation into Clinton’s private email server was “re-opened.”
A significant bloc of leading Congressional Republicans, for example, led by US Representative Jason Chaffetz, “announced” via Twitter that the FBI’s Clinton email investigation was re-opened.
FBI Dir just informed me, "The FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation." Case reopened
— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) October 28, 2016
The problem, however, is that Comey’s original letter is ambiguous at best, leaving much to the imagination.
As it seems, the emails to which Comey refers did not even come from Clinton’s private server, instead reportedly coming from the personal devices of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin and her former husband, Anthony Weiner, who is under federal investigation for a sexting scandal.
The emails may or may not even have anything to do with Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State.
However, any flare up, in any capacity, of the Clinton email investigation amounts first and foremost to a political attack on the Democratic presidential nominee since, after all, there remains no legal basis whatsoever for said investigation to continue.
And, according to a leaked internal memo obtained late Friday by Fox News, Comey was well aware of the implications of his antics in sending the letter, but justified himself by claiming that there was a special need for the pompous disclosure of the “new” emails because the election is so soon.
Political meddling on the part of federal employees is, for the record, illegal under the Hatch Act.
Comey’s memo begins innocuously, reading, “This morning I sent a letter to Congress in connection with the Secretary Clinton email investigation. Yesterday, the investigative team briefed me on their recommendation with respect to seeking access to emails that have recently been found in an unrelated case. Because those emails appear to be pertinent to our investigation, I agreed that we should take appropiate steps to obtain and review them.”
Seems innocent and mundane enough, right?
Wrong. Comey may not be a diplomat but he’s not an idiot. To put it simply, there’s a presidential election going on, and his antics have a direct impact on the race to win that election. Clinton has been dodging questions about her emails since basically the beginning of the election season.
Comey continued in the memo, writing that he felt that it would be “misleading” to the American public if he did not disclose the emails he had discovered since the time for the national decision of whether or not to elect Clinton has arrived.
Thus, Comey openly acknowledged that his actions amounted to politcal meddling.
The memo is featured in full below.