An “October Surprise” is defined as being something damaging which happens to a candidate in the last few weeks of an election before the public goes to the ballot box in November. The Clinton campaign received a doozy of a surprise after the Internet became ablaze with the news that the FBI would be taking a further look into her emails after it was found that Clinton’s top aid, Huma Abedin, had access to a device. The FBI found this information after looking into Abedin’s husband’s electronic activity after it was discovered that he, disgraced political figure Anthony Weiner, had been having possibly illegal sexual conversations with a minor.
While Weiner’s involvement is troublesome, so is the FBI’s decision to make such an announcement mere days before the election. An unexpected individual has come to the side of Clinton with a rallying cry that the FBI broke the law by taking this action; Former President George W. Bush’s ethics lawyer, Richard Painter, who is single-handedly taking the FBI to task by attempting to block their investigation through litigation.
It would be highly improper, and an abuse of power, for the F.B.I. to conduct such an investigation in the public eye, particularly on the eve of the election. It would be an abuse of power for the director of the F.B.I., absent compelling circumstances, to notify members of Congress from the party opposing the candidate that the candidate or his associates were under investigation. It would be an abuse of power if F.B.I. agents went so far as to obtain a search warrant and raid the candidate’s office tower, hauling out boxes of documents and computers in front of television cameras.
Painter’s actions have been taken notice of by the media:
— Nick Gourevitch (@nickgourevitch) October 30, 2016
If one is concerned with partisan leanings they merely need to look to the action of Painter, who is standing for truth and justice. The law is the law and it requires following regardless of the circumstances.