A complaint has been filed against FBI Director James Comey with the Department of Justice Office of Professional Responsibility accusing Comey of interfering with the presidential election.
Earlier on Friday, Comey sent a letter to the leaders of the congressional oversight committee informing them that during an independent investigation, some emails have been recovered that may be pertinent to the Hillary Clinton private email server investigation and that he has instructed his investigators to examine the emails and determine whether they contain any classified information and whether they are significant to the investigation.
This comes almost four months after Comey conducted a widely criticized press conference concluding his yearlong investigation of the email server and recommending that no charges be brought by the Department of Justice. Back then, he was criticized for his editorial rather than the simple announcement that his investigation had concluded and that the results were being turned over to the DOJ.
The complaint on Friday against Comey was filed by The Democratic Coalition Against Trump. The group released a statement announcing its complaint:
“The Democratic Coalition Against Trump filed a complaint with the Department of Justice Office of Professional Responsibility on Friday against FBI Director James Comey for interfering in the Presidential election, following the FBI’s decision to open up an investigation into Secretary Clinton’s emails this close to Election Day. Federal employees are forbidden from participating in political activities under the Hatch Act.
‘It is absolutely absurd that FBI Director Comey would support Donald Trump like this with only 11 days to go before the election,’ said Scott Dworkin, Senior Advisor to the Democratic Coalition Against Trump. ‘It is an obvious attack from a lifelong Republican who used to serve in the Bush White House, just to undermine her campaign. Comey needs to focus on stopping terrorists and protecting America, not investigating our soon to be President-Elect Hillary Clinton.'”
Since Comey sent his letter, information has been leaked regarding the matter. The emails were apparently discovered during the investigation of Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandal. The FBI seized certain devices that belonged to Weiner and his estranged wife, Clinton confidant, Huma Abedin.
On one of the devices that was shared by Weiner and Abedin, investigators found the subject emails. None of the emails are from Clinton herself. There is no evidence that any information was in any way compromised.
During the course of the original investigation which concluded in the summer, Abedin was interviewed and among other things, relayed that she would have trouble printing emails at her office and would therefore, from time to time, forward them to a private email address so that she could print them at home. It appears that the emails in question are ones that fall in this category.
Both the Clinton and Trump campaigns have asked that Director Comey come forward with complete information on this new development — albeit for different reasons. Clearly, uncertainty is not a friend to the Clinton Campaign in this situation. Therefore, the more information that it is able to get released, the better for the Democratic nominee. It is a bit less clear why the Trump Campaign would seek the release of more information, as the uncertainty currently surrounding the matter is better political fodder.