FBI chief may have bro­ken law

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

The Demo­cratic leader in the US Se­nate says the head of the FBI may have bro­ken the law by re­veal­ing the bureau was in­ves­ti­gat­ing emails pos­si­bly linked to Hil­lary Clin­ton.

Harry Reid ac­cused FBI di­rec­tor James Comey of vi­o­lat­ing an act which bars of­fi­cials from in­flu­enc­ing an elec­tion.

News of the FBI in­quiry comes less than two weeks be­fore the US elec­tion.

The bureau has mean­while ob­tained a war­rant to search a cache of emails be­long­ing to a top Clin­ton aide.

Emails from Huma Abe­din are be­lieved to have been found on the lap­top of her es­tranged hus­band, for­mer con­gress­man An­thony Weiner.

There are re­port­edly 650,000 emails to search through on the lap­top, mak­ing it un­likely in­ves­ti­ga­tors can give a ver­dict on them be­fore elec­tion day.

Mr Reid also ac­cused Mr Comey of with­hold­ing “ex­plo­sive in­for­ma­tion about close ties be­tween [Repub­li­can candidate] Donald Trump, his top ad­vis­ers, and the Rus­sian gov­ern­ment”.

“The public has a right to know about this in­for­ma­tion. I wrote to you months ago call­ing for this in­for­ma­tion to be re­leased to the public,” Mr Reid said.

The FBI be­lieves the emails might be “per­ti­nent” to its pre­vi­ous in­quiry into Mrs Clin­ton’s use of a pri­vate server when she was sec­re­tary of state in the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The case was closed in July with­out any charges be­ing brought against Mrs Clin­ton.

Mr Weiner is sub­ject to a sep­a­rate in­ves­ti­ga­tion on sus­pi­cion of send­ing sex­u­ally ex­plicit mes­sages to an un­der­age girl.

He said Mr Comey may have vi­o­lated the Hatch Act, which bars of­fi­cials from us­ing their po­si­tion to in­flu­ence an elec­tion.

“Through your par­ti­san ac­tions, you may have bro­ken the law,” he said.

Richard Painter, a pro­fes­sor at the Univer­sity of Min­nesota Law School and the chief White House ethics lawyer from 2005 to 2007, re­vealed on Sun­day he had filed a com­plaint against the FBI with the Of­fice of Spe­cial Coun­sel, which in­ves­ti­gates Hatch Act vi­o­la­tions.

Writ­ing in the New York Times he said: “I never thought that the FBI could be dragged into a po­lit­i­cal cir­cus sur­round­ing one of its in­ves­ti­ga­tions. Un­til this week.”

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