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FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2016, file photo, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. speaks with the media on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate is poised to reject President Barack Obama’s veto of a bill that would allow the families of Sept. 11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia even as lawmakers express fears the legislation could backfire on the United States. “I will bet that Obama’s veto will not be sustained,” said Reid. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Harry Reid accused FBI Director James Comey of breaking federal law


Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid on Sunday accused FBI Director James Comey of breaking federal law by announcing that the bureau is reviewing another set of emails possibly linked to the Hillary Clinton email investigation. 

In a letter Reid sent to Comey, he noted that Comey may have violated the Hatch Act, according to ABC News. The Hatch Act is a federal law passed in 1939 that prohibits federal employees from using their official authority to influence an election.

"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 wrote that Comey's actions have established a double standard. 

In the letter, Reid pointed to the way Comey has handled the Clinton probe as compared the way he dealt with what the Senate Minority Leader described as "explosive information about close ties and coordination between Donald Trump, his top advisors, and the Russian government." 

"The public has a right to know this information," Reid continued. "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 called to inform the public of this critical information."

The FBI has not yet commented on Reid's letter. 

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