James Comey’s revelation Friday which the bureau is usually reviewing newly discovered emails which might be linked to Hillary Clinton’s private server made the FBI director’s unusual actions the focus on Sunday news programs as well as on the campaign trail.
Clinton’s allies lambasted Comey — characterizing him as inappropriately acting outside Justice Department protocol as well as against the wishes of his superiors — as they sought to shame him into revealing more details about what, exactly, the FBI has discovered.
Donald Trump as well as his surrogates, meanwhile, largely dropped their long-standing attacks on the FBI director over his July announcement which he wasn’t recommending criminal charges against Clinton — which Comey defended in congressional hearings.
“I guess he was trying to clear his own conscience,” Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said on “State of the Union.”
Clinton herself was mum on the issue on the campaign trail on Sunday in Fort Lauderdale, while Trump continued to pound away on the email issue for a third straight day during an appearance in Las Vegas.
The intense focus on the FBI director just nine days coming from the November 8 election comes with Clinton’s campaign hoping his letter to Congress won’t be Comey’s last word on the topic.
The emails were discovered from the FBI’s investigation into Anthony Weiner, the former brand-new York congressman who is usually alleged to have exchanged lewd messages using a 15-year-old girl. The FBI discovered the emails on a computer shared by Weiner as well as his at which point-estranged wife, top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
Democrats didn’t try to hide their frustration with Comey over his revelation which emails had been found — with no further details on whether Clinton is usually connected or what the emails contain.
In an interview on ABC’s “which Week,” Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine called Comey’s Friday letter “extremely puzzling” as well as an “unprecedented move … because which happens close to an election, which is usually in violation of normal Justice Department protocol. as well as which involves talking about an ongoing investigation, which also violates the protocol.”
“as well as as far as we know at which point, Director Comey knows nothing about the content of these emails. We don’t know whether they’re to or coming from Hillary at all,” Kaine said.
He called on the FBI to make an expedited effort to review the brand-new emails.
“If he (Comey) hasn’t seen the emails, I mean they need to make which completely plain — then they should work to see the emails as well as Discharge the circumstances of those once they have done which analysis,” he said.
Kaine also rejected arguments which Comey had little option — as well as might have faced withering criticism had he waited until after the election of a brand-new president to disclose the review.
“The issue for the FBI director is usually not whether somebody might criticize him. The issue for the FBI director is usually, is usually he following established protocols for a law enforcement investigation?” Kaine said.
“You know, criticism comes with the territory, although you can’t tack as well as move one direction or the next to avoid criticism,” he said. “Following established protocols as well as rules is usually what you might expect coming from a chief law enforcement official.”
Trump’s supporters, seizing on a political gift which came just as the race appeared to be slipping out of the Republican nominee’s reach, heaped praise on Comey — saying he’d righted a wrong just in time.
“I think what you see here is usually an example of real leadership,” Mike Pence, the GOP vice presidential nominee, said on “Fox News Sunday.”
He cast which as correcting the FBI’s July decision not to recommend charges against Clinton.
“which was just incomprehensible which summer, when the director of the FBI became available as well as he literally indicted Hillary Clinton from the press as well as then said we’re not recommending which she be indicted,” Pence said.
Comey’s actions are drawing intense scrutiny beyond the campaign trail.
He faces criticism within the law enforcement community — as well as the Justice Department.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch as well as her deputy, Sally Yates, disagreed with Comey outlining how the FBI was dealing the review of emails, according to law enforcement officials familiar with the discussion.
Comey notified Congress anyway, going against what an agency official said was longstanding Justice Department as well as FBI practice to not comment publicly about politically sensitive investigations within 60 days of an election.
Comey acknowledged a balance he was trying to strike in a letter to bureau employees.
“We don’t ordinarily tell Congress about ongoing investigations, although here I feel an obligation to do so given which I testified repeatedly in recent months which our investigation was completed,” Comey wrote. “I also think which might be misleading to the American people were we not to supplement the record.
“At the same time, however, given which we don’t know the significance of which newly discovered collection of emails, I don’t want to create a misleading impression. In trying to strike which balance, in a brief letter as well as from the middle of an election season, there is usually significant risk of being misunderstood, although I wanted you to hear directly coming from me about which,” he continued.
The question at which point is usually whether Comey will Just as before emerge with brand-new details — particularly as Democrats press him to reveal Clinton’s role from the brand-new email discovery.
“If he doesn’t come out as well as get all the information on the table, he’s going to let anyone, any conspiracy theory, take the day,” said Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”