U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) says the FBI is breaking protocol by announcing days before an election that an investigation has been reopened into Democrat Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. Emails on a computer belonging to Anthony Weiner, the ex-husband of a top Clinton aide, has prompted the FBI to revisit the Clinton investigation. Critics, including some Republicans, say Comey’s move violates a policy of not doing anything that could impact an election. McCaskill tells MSNBC that FBI director James Comey has bad timing.
“When you have Chuck Grassley, the Republican chairman of the Judiciary committee, writing a letter saying you are not being fair to Secretary Clinton, that is verbiage right out of Chuck Grassley’s letter, that gives you some sense of the outrage,” says McCaskill.
Grassley (R-Iowa) has demanded more details in writing about the investigation, saying the information did not go far enough.
“Here is what I was taught as a prosecutor: the facts are your friend when you are seeking justice. Until you know the facts, keep your mouth shut,” says McCaskill. “What happened here is Comey opened his mouth, when he didn’t know what the facts were. It is clear they have no idea what these emails are.”
Clinton has called on the FBI to release all the information it has in relation to the newly discovered emails. She says Comey doesn’t know whether the emails are significant or not.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump praises the FBI’s decision and says he hopes justice will be done.
The general election is November 8.