The letter comes in the wake of the Friday announcement from FBI Director James Comey and his decision to alert Congress and the media that there might possibly be some emails “pertinent” to his bureau’s interests on a laptop computer used by Clinton aide Huma Abedin and her estranged husband, former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner.
The letter goes on to reprimand Comey for his actions saying...
“Justice Department officials are instructed to refrain from commenting publicly on the existence, let alone the substance, of pending investigative matters, except in exceptional circumstances and with explicit approval from the Department of Justice officials responsible for ultimate supervision of the matter. They are also instructed to exercise heightened restraint near the time of a primary or general election because, as official guidance from the Department instructs, public comment on a pending investigative matter may affect the electoral process and create the appearance of political interference in the fair administration of justice.”
Until Sunday, no one at the FBI had obtained a warrant to read the emails meaning that no one including Comey has any clue whether the emails are duplicates or even if they had been read, received or sent by Clinton herself.
The officials who signed the document offered their respect to Comey for his past work, but said that this latest action has baffled them...
“We do not question Director Comey’s motives. However, the fact remains that the Director’s disclosure has invited considerable, uninformed public speculation about the significance of newly-discovered material just days before a national election.”
The group of officials then requested that Comey release of any and all “information that provides a full and complete picture regarding the material at issue.”
In addition to the letter Eric Holder penned a late-Sunday op-ed in the Washington Post, in which he states extreme disapproval for Comey’s “vague letter to Congress” which you can read HERE.