Prominent liberal US Senator Al Franken says that he is “certain” that Senate hearings will go forward against FBI Director James Comey after Comey committed what may be an act of illegal meddling in the presidential election.
The FBI Director committed a heinously pro-Trump breach of agency protocol in the end of October when he sent a widely publicized and hyped up letter to Congress announcing a relatively mundane and certainly not game changing development in the FBI’s Clinton email investigation.
Comey may have violated federal law with his letter, since the Hatch Act prohibits meddling in the presidential election on the part of federal employees such as Comey. There is no distinguishable reason for Comey’s letter other than political meddling.
Franken spoke to the Senate’s response to Comey’s breach of protocol while appearing on CNN’s State of the Union with Jake Tapper early Sunday.
Tapper asked the Senator, “So you’re calling for hearings to talk to Director Comey about these, what you call rogue elements in the FBI?”
And Franken replied, stating quite simply, “Yeah, I think that there should be hearings, and I’m certain there will be hearings in the Judiciary Committee on this matter.”
Hearings will give a compelling public face to the effort to turn back Comey’s politicization of one of the nation’s highest law enforcemenrt agencies.
Franken is hardly the only one who has come out against Comey after the FBI Director’s antics in sending the now notorious letter.
Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, for example, demanded shortly after the FBI Director’s letter first circulated that Comey make public amends for the anti-Clinton impact of his letter by clarifying that its contents have absolutely nothing to do with necessarily incriminating the Democratic presidential nominee in any sort of wrongdoing.
Comey, however, quickly indicated that he was not interested in any sort of “clarification” over the contents of his letter before Election Day.
Watch below the video of Franken appearing on CNN to discuss the pending hearings against Comey.
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