FBI Under Verbal Attack Over Clinton’s Email Saga

Hillary Clinton’s campaign Chairman, John Podesta is turning up the heat on FBI Director, James Comey, to release more details about the bureau’s review of new emails possibly tied to the private server of his candidate in the Nov. 8 U.S. Presidential election.

In an interview Sunday with CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union,” Podesta said the FBI should have investigated enough to know exactly what it was dealing with before announcing the review.

“He might have taken the first step of actually having looked at them before he did this in the middle of a presidential campaign, so close to the voting,” Podesta said.

Comey’s Friday notification to Congress of the review is rocking the final days of the presidential race.

Democrats are furious that Comey would revive the explosive issue of Clinton’s email server so close to the election.

Donald Trump, meanwhile, is seizing on the review after spending weeks on the defense, hoping it will be a potent issue he can ride until the end of the contest.

“This is something that has been tossed into the middle of the campaign. We would have preferred that that not happen, but now that it has happened, we would prefer that Mr. Comey come forward and explain why he took that unprecedented step,” Podesta said.

The campaign chairman called Comey’s handling of the matter “inappropriate.”

Podesta asked if, just days from the election, Comey’s revelation is “something you toss on the table, or do you take the time and do what other prosecutors have done in the past and make sure it’s so significant that you have to go forward with it?”

Comey disregarded his superiors

On Saturday, CNN’s Evan Perez reported that Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates disagreed with Comey’s decision to notify Congress about the bureau’s review of emails found on at least device of Huma Abedin, a top aide to Clinton, according to law enforcement officials familiar with the discussion.

But Comey decided to disregard that warning and went ahead and sent the letter to Congress.

Comey’s decision to send the letter angered his superiors at the Justice Department, but officials acknowledge there is little they can do given the fallout of the Attorney General’s meeting with Bill Clinton on the Arizona tarmac this past summer.

On Sunday, CNN reported that the Justice Department and Abedin’s lawyers are in talks to permit a full review of the emails.

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