FBI Director James Comey should never have never released that letter to Congress, and now his job is on the line.
Officials from the Department of Justice have anonymously said that Comey was told that sending out that letter about new pertinent emails regarding Hillary Clinton would be in violation of department policy.
One employee told The Washington Post, “Director Comey understood our position. He heard it from Justice leadership. It was conveyed to the FBI, and Comey made an independent decision to alert the Hill. He is operating independently of the Justice Department. And he knows it.”
Meanwhile, both CNN and ABC News are reporting that this warning even came from the top––both AG Loretta Lynch and Deputy AG Sally Yates strongly objected to this.
They were clearly frustrated with this politically-tinged disclosure so close to election day, but as Comey explained in his internal letter yesterday, he felt it was best in the name of transparency.
This is from CNN’s report:
The officials acknowledged there was little Lynch and Yates could do given the fallout over Lynch’s controversial meeting over the summer with former President Bill Clinton.
Democrats and Republicans––including both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump themselves––have called for the FBI to release more details about what it is they’ve uncovered.