Clinton camp blasts FBI for ‘blatant double standards’
The Clinton campaign has blasted FBI director James Comey for “blatant double standards” over the new inquiry into Hillary Clinton’s email use.
The comments came after US media reports that Comey urged against publicly accusing Russia of interfering in the US election, including alleged email hacking.
Comey’s concern about releasing the information was due to the proximity to the election, reports said.
The FBI declined to comment. The statement that Comey reportedly declined to sign off on was released by the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on October 7.
“The US intelligence community is confident that the Russian government directed the recent compromises of emails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organisations... these thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the US election process,” it said.
Comey agreed with the statement but was against making it public before the election, according to US media.