On Sunday, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid told FBI Director James Comey that he may have broken the law by disclosing that new emails discovered on disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s laptop may revive the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
Reid also suggested that the agency is withholding information relevant to the Republican nominee Donald Trump. He also accused Comey of conducting himself in such a way as to advantage one party over the other.
“Your actions in recent months have demonstrated a disturbing double standard for the treatment of sensitive information, with what appears to be a clear intent to aid one political party over another,” Reid wrote. “I am writing to inform you that my office has determined that these actions may violate the Hatch Act, which bars FBI officials from using their official authority to influence an election. Through your partisan actions, you may have broken the law.”
Reid also said that he understands that Comey and other top national security officials have “explosive information” about Trump’s and his close advisors’ close ties and coordination with the Russian government, information that the agency is deliberately withholding from the American public.
While many Democrats and even some Republicans have attacked Comey over his actions by citing department protocols on investigations and on actions close to U.S. elections, Reid’s letter is by far the most forceful of the statements and accusations that have been leveled against the FBI Director.
Reid also referenced previous correspondence which he has sent to Comey months back calling for disclosure and full transparency.
“The public has a right to know this information. I wrote to you months ago calling for this information to be released to the public. There is no danger to American interests from releasing it. And yet, you continue to resist calls to inform the public of this critical information. By contrast, as soon as you came into possession of the slightest innuendo related to Secretary Clinton, you rushed to publicize it in the most negative light possible.”
The FBI did not immediately comment on Reid’s letter.