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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)

Comey worried blaming Russia for hacks would seem political, but not revealing new emails


When the White House wanted to publicly accuse Russia of interfering with the election by hacking the Democratic National Committee, FBI Director James Comey warned it would seem overly partisan, The Washington Post reports.

Comey has now come under fire for revealing to Congress the discovery of new emails possibly tied to Hillary Clinton. 

Democrats have criticized Comey for being partisan, since he announced the discovery of the emails before they had even been reviewed, just days before the election.

Undermining public confidence

Comey allowed the White House to accuse Russia, as long as the FBI's name wasn't attached to the announcement. He showed no such caution with his letter to Congress last week

The goal was to keep Russia from undermining public confidence in the election. Even then, the announcement pinning the DNC hack on Russia came months after news of the attack broke in June.

Democrats have criticized Comey for a perceived "double standard" in its investigations.

We don't ordinarily tell Congress about ongoing investigations, but here I feel an obligation to do so...
James Comey, in a letter to FBI

Comey was also criticized by his own department. The FBI has a practice of not commenting publicly about politically sensitive investigations within 60 days of an election.  

Even Stephen Colbert has taken shots at Comey's approach with the email investigation.

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