In an attempt to pacify the situation, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that its staff will be working closely with the FBI in order to expedite as much as possible the renewed investigation into the Clinton email controversy.
Will the investigation be expedited? Clinton Photo Credit: Reuters / Channel 2 News
The U.S. Department of Justice sent a letter today (Monday) addressed to six Members of Congress in which it stated that the department is working with the FBI in order expedite the renewed investigation into the Clinton email controversy as much as possible. The three-paragraph letter promised that the department will allocate all the necessary resources in order to do so – but did not go into any further details.
The letter was sent in an attempt to pacify the situation following the scandal that emerged as the FBI announced it would reopen the investigation into the Clinton email affair. The investigation was reopened by the FBI due to new emails related to the Democratic nominee that were revealed during a different investigation, that of former Congressman Anthony Wiener, whose wife Huma Abedin was a longtime aid of Clinton’s.
Violated Justice Department’s policy. James Comey Photo Credit: Reuters / Channel 2 News
Meanwhile, a new poll conducted by NBC determined that the gap between the presidential nominees has not changed since the news of the renewed investigation, with Clinton still leading Republican nominee Donald Trump by 6%.
Yesterday, JOL reported that the U.S. Justice Department warned FBI Director James Comey that he violated the department’s policy when he sent a letter to Congress about the reopening of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.
The gap from Clinton hasn’t shrunk. Trump Photo Credit: Reuters / Channel 2 News
According to the report, Comey acted “independently” when he sent the letter despite the warnings he received beforehand. The FBI informed the U.S. Justice Department about Comey’s intentions to send the letter to Congress and senior level officials from the department warned the FBI Director that the department’s rules prohibit trying to influence, or taking steps that could be interpreted as trying to influence, an election.
However, Comey believed that it was best to share this information rather than be criticized for not publicizing it before the election, according to officials involved in the affair. In addition, Comey also feared that the information would be leaked without him reporting it and thus he would lose control over how much information and what details were made public.