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FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on 'Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.' (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Prosecutors and former Justice Dept. workers criticized FBI chief for Clinton email shock


His unprecedented decision to publicly comment on evidence... 11 days before a presidential election leaves us both astonished and perplexed.
From the letter

Almost 100 former federal prosecutors and Justice Department officials, including former Attorney General Eric Holder, criticized FBI Director James Comey for his decision to inform Congress of new emails that might be relevant to the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

Warned, but did it anyway

In the open letter, released by the Clinton campaign,  the signatories say that Justice Department officials are instructed not to comment on pending investigations without clear approval from supervisors, especially as an election nears.

Comey was reportedly warned by his superiors not to go public with his information, but did anyway.

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'May impact the election's outcome'

The letter also takes issue with Comey notifying Congress while "failing to responsibly supplement the public record with any substantive, explanatory information."

"We cannot recall a prior instance where a senior Justice Department official...  issued a public statement where the mere disclosure of information may impact the election's outcome, yet the official acknowledges the information to be examined may not be significant or new," the signatories wrote.

Comey criticized from all sides

It may take weeks to fully investigate the latest batch of emails, The Wall Street Journal reports. Comey has drawn repeated criticism from senior Justice Department officials over his actions, dating back to his press conference on the email investigation in July. 

Meanwhile, The Washington Post reports FBI agents argued for a chance to investigate the Clinton Foundation on accusations of giving donors political favors. The Justice Department said it didn't have enough evidence.

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