Top Se­nate Democrat says FBI email ac­tion ‘may have bro­ken law’

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THE US Se­nate’s top Democrat blasted FBI chief James Comey for an­nounc­ing a new re­view of Hillary Clin­ton’s emails just days be­fore the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, an ac­tion he says “may have bro­ken the law”.

Al­le­ga­tions Ms Clin­ton put the US at risk by us­ing a pri­vate email server while sec­re­tary of state were thrust back into the spot­light when Mr Comey re­vealed a re­newed FBI probe into the mat­ter based on a pre­vi­ously un­known trove of emails.

“As soon as you came into pos­ses­sion of the slight­est in­nu­endo re­lated to sec­re­tary Clin­ton, you rushed to pub­li­cise it in the most neg­a­tive light pos­si­ble,” Se­nate Mi­nor­ity Leader Harry Reid said.

“Through your par­ti­san ac­tions, you may have bro­ken the law,” Mr Reid said, al­leg­ing Mr Comey had vi­o­lated the Hatch Act, which bars the FBI from in­flu­enc­ing elec­tions.

The probe was re­newed af­ter agents seized a lap­top used by Ms Clin­ton’s close aide, Huma Abe­din, and her now es­tranged hus­band, An­thony Weiner.

The dis­graced for­mer con­gress­man who re­signed in 2011 af­ter send­ing ex­plicit on­line mes­sages is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion over al­le­ga­tions he sent sex­ual over­tures to a 15-year-old girl.

Ms Clin­ton and her Repub­li­can ri­val Don­ald Trump have piled pres­sure on Mr Comey to put his cards on the ta­ble and end spec­u­la­tion about the in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­fore Amer­ica goes to the polls on Novem­ber 8.

US net­works re­ported on Oc­to­ber 30 that the FBI had ob­tained a war­rant to search the emails. It for­merly had a war­rant only to search Mr Weiner’s lap­top for com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the teenager.

Ac­cord­ing to CNN, dis­cov­ery of the emails oc­curred weeks ago although the FBI did not re­veal the mat­ter un­til Oc­to­ber 28.

In the same memo, Mr Reid also struck out at the FBI chief for sit­ting on “ex­plo­sive in­for­ma­tion about close ties and co­or­di­na­tion be­tween Don­ald Trump, his top ad­vis­ers and the Rus­sian gov­ern­ment”.

“I wrote to you months ago call­ing for this in­for­ma­tion to be re­leased to the pub­lic,” Mr Reid said. –

Photo: EPA

James Comey is ac­cused of be­ing too quick to pub­li­cise the mat­ter.

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