JUST IN: FBI Staffers REVOLT Against James Comey After Email Letter, Spill Inside Info To Press


On Friday, FBI director James Comey released a letter informing the public that emails had been obtained that appeared to be “pertinent” to the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server. Comey’s letter can be read below:

While Republican nominee Donald Trump and his cronies immediately jumped on the information provided by Comey, calling the situation a bigger scandal than Watergate, many others were critical of Comey for jumping the gun and releasing his letter before he had all the facts. As of this morning, the FBI didn’t even have a warrant to view the emails that gave Comey reason to write the letter.

Comey has also faced criticism for ignoring the concerns of Department of Justice officials. Comey decided to send the letter even though Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates both disagreed with him. He said, as his reasoning for releasing the letter anyways,

‘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. I also think it would be misleading to the American people were we not to supplement the record.’

According to journalist Kurt Eichenwald, of Newsweek and Vanity Fair, FBI insiders are also “furious at Comey.” Eichenwald released a series of tweets on Saturday reporting on what he had learned.

There are many other prominent individuals who find James Comey’s release of the letter to be inappropriate. Former Department of Justice spokesman Matthew Miller unleashed a rant against Comey that spanned 14 tweets. During that rant, Miller called Comey’s decision “inappropriate public disclosure” and accused the FBI director of being biased against Hillary Clinton.

A group of Democratic Senators also released a letter asking for Comey to provide more information about the emails and why he found them to be relevant to the investigation. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Thomas Carper (D-DE), and Ben Cardin (D-MD) called the letter “vaguely worded” and said that it “leaves so many questions unanswered.” They went on to list the many pieces of information that Comey left out.

‘It is not clear whether the emails identified by the FBI are even in the custody of the FBI, whether any of the emails have already been reviewed, whether Secretary Clinton sent or received them, or whether they even have any significance to the FBI’s previous investigation.’

The Senators summed up their problem by pointing out the timing of Comey’s release, just a little over a week before the election. “Just ten days before a presidential election, the American people deserve more disclosure without delay regarding the FBI’s most recent announcement,” they wrote. Their message echoes Hillary Clinton, who said during a press conference that “the American people deserve to get the full facts immediately” since many are already beginning to vote.

With so many people upset over Comey’s overeager release of the letter, it seems Eichenwald was correct when he said that there will be “a mutiny at the FBI” if James Comey doesn’t provide some answers soon.

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