FBI Director James Comey’s strange decision to announce a review of emails relating to Hillary Clinton, only a few days before the 2016 election, was criticized on Wednesday from the most prominent figure yet: President Barack Obama.
“We don’t operate on incomplete information,” Obama said in an interview with NowThis News, released online today. “We don’t operate on leaks. We operate based on concrete decisions that are made.”
“I’ve made a very deliberate effort to make sure I don’t look like I am meddling”, President Barack Obama of the FBI’s ongoing review of Hillary Clinton’s emails.
At this point both Republicans and Democrats have slammed Comey for an announcement that has been seen as an unprecedented interference in the election. Even stridently anti-Clinton Republicans like Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) said that Comey made the wrong call.
Further reporting has shown that the announcement violated existing FBI protocol, leading to more suspicion of the director and his motives (he is a registered Republican).
So far polling of voters done since the announcement has not shown much of an effect on the electorate, with Clinton still leading Trump in most national and swing-state contests.
At the same time as the Clinton email announcement came out (in response to prodding from Republicans), it has also been learned that the FBI is probe the Trump campaign for possible connections to the Russian government. But the agency chose not to disclose that action so close to the election.
Trump has denied any connection to Vladimir Putin’s regime, but he has repeatedly praise his brutal leadership (as has his running mate, Mike Pence), defended Putin against allegations that the Russians hacked Democratic emails and sent them to WikiLeaks, and even denied that part of Ukraine had been annexed by Russia (it has). Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort also had financial ties to pro-Putin governments in Europe.
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