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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)

The White House said it will neither 'defend nor criticize' FBI Director James Comey


The White House vowed Monday to remain neutral regarding the newly revived investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, according to ABC News

Friday FBI Director James Comey  sent a letter to Congress, which noted that the bureau had found more emails from former Clinton aide Huma Abedin that may be relevant to the investigation. 

Since that letter, members of both parties have criticized Comey's timing -- just more than a week away from the presidential election. 

Today, however, White House press  secretary Josh Earnest would not comment on Comey's actions. 

"I'll neither defend nor criticize what Director Comey has decided to communicate to the public about this investigation," Earnest said. 

The White House said it will neither 'defend nor criticize' FBI Director James Comey

Earnest added that the White House will remain neutral, "avoiding even the appearance of political interference" with the FBI's investigation. 

In addition, Earnest said President Obama doesn't think Comey is trying to sway the presidential race. 

Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid suggested otherwise. He accused Comey of violating the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from using their official authority to influence an election.

Reid's letter to Comey suggested that he had lost faith in the FBI director's neutrality. 

"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. 

On the other hand, Earnest emphasized Monday that Obama still has full confidence in Comey's ability to do his job. 

"Director Comey is a man of integrity, he's a man of principle, and he's a man of good character," Earnest said.

The White House said it will neither 'defend nor criticize' FBI Director James Comey

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