FBI chief sticks with decision not to pursue criminal charges against Clinton

FBI Director James Comey prepares to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington in this 2015 file photo. AP Photo/Susan Walsh

FBI Director James Comey prepares to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington in this 2015 file photo. AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Call it a November reversal of an October surprise.

FBI Director James Comey told members of Congress Sunday that the agency has not changed its conclusions regarding how Hillary Clinton managed classified information using a private email server when she was secretary of state.

Comey wrote in a letter to lawmakers that the FBI “has been working around the clock to process and review a large volume of emails from a device obtained in connection with an unrelated criminal investigation.” Based on that review, “we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton,” Comey said.

The letter amounted to a major victory for Clinton and her allies, who were roiled nine days ago when Comey announced that the FBI was investigating new information uncovered on the computer of disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

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The reaction was swift.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said the letter “should finally close the door on this Republican sideshow.”

And from Georgia:

House Speaker Paul Ryan said the FBI investigation was reason enough to question Clinton’s judgment. He urged voters to back Donald Trump on Tuesday.

Clinton “simply believes she’s above the law and always plays by her own rules,” Ryan said. “This is a pattern with the Clintons, and the American people should not have to endure four more years of their scandal and baggage.”

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus pivoted to another FBI investigation.

“None of this changes the fact that the FBI continues to investigate the Clinton Foundation for corruption involving her tenure as secretary of state,” he said. “Hillary Clinton should never be president.”

Comey’s announcement last Friday seemed to sap some support from Clinton in battleground states and energize Republicans in Georgia and elsewhere.

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weetamoe
weetamoe

You give Comey's full letter, but your editor ignored my request to  give readers Comey's complete July report. You consistently fail to provide complete news coverage.  I'm beginning to think that the joke that most of you are not journalists but democrat activists with a by-line is based on an element of truth.

lvg
lvg

So can voters in Georgia who were influenced by Comey's violation of the Hatch Act, take back their votes????????

retiredfellow
retiredfellow

To:  FBI Director Comey: 
 
So those "pertinent emails" you wrote Congress and your entire FBI staff about were not "pertinent" after all. You certainly made a mess out of yourself and your agency. 

You have violated a long standing Dept. Of Justice policy to not engage in anything that might be political.  By your public actions you may have influenced early voter to change their votes.


Many people on many Web news web sites are holding you and your agency and your New York office up to ridicule.  It is being written that Rudy Giuliani get his information from your agents and it's director in your New York Office.


Director Comey, you have created an untenable mess.  You should offer your resignation to the President immediately.