What makes this claim so astounding the reason Comey gave for declining to sign the statement. Apparently he was concerned the statement would be coming out too close to the election and might sway voters.
In the end the statement that Comey declined to sign off on ultimately went forward on Oct. 7, the when the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence stated...
“The U.S. intelligence community is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of emails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations.”
If this source is to be believed Comey refused to release information that would hurt a Trump candidacy but had little concern when it came to dropping last Friday's email bombshell on the Clinton campaign.
If true this would make the letter Comey sent to Congress alerting them to the discovery of a computer that has material that may or may not be "pertinent" to the investigation into Clinton’s use of private email a completely partisan act.
Comey admitted as much when he sent a separate letter to FBI colleagues saying that he understood the sensitivity in making such an announcement so close to the election. His excuse to them was that he felt it was in the public’s interest to hear about the potential breakthrough and worried the discovery would have leaked prior to Election Day.
In other words Comey was claiming that the release of the page information on Clinton's emails was merely a cover your ass move on his part. Weird how he didn't feel that way when it came to Russians hacking into the Democratic National Committee and John Pedesta, a close associate of Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate!
In the wake of his allegedly partisan move Comey has been roundly criticized by Democrats, ex-prosecutors and even some Republicans for violating protocol that says Department of Justice officials should generally avoid making these types of announcements so close to an election.
In a conference call on Monday, the Clinton campaign attacked Comey forcefully for what it deemed a “double standard” when it came to disclosing information prior to an election.
Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook noted that...
“During a House Judiciary Committee hearing ... he was asked more than a dozen times about the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia and each time he declined to comment.” The dichotomy was “nothing short of jaw-dropping,”
The Clinton campaign as well as 100 Other Former Justice Department Officials have demanded more information on the newly discovered emails prior to the election.