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Justice Department Opposed FBI’s Decision to Notify Congress of Clinton Emails

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling

The Justice Department did not want FBI Director James Comey to notify Congress about the discovery of new emails that could be linked to the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server.

But Comey reasoned that it would be best let Congress to know before the election.

“In the end, we decided it was better to keep Congress informed,” an FBI official involved in the process told CNBC.

While the Justice Department didn’t prohibit the FBI from sending the letter, it strongly opposed it, officials familiar with the discussions said.

CNBC wrote:

They cited long-standing policies against disclosing details of investigations that are underway or taking actions that could affect an election, especially in the period leading up to one.

That was especially so, they said, given that FBI agents have not yet analyzed the newly discovered e-mails to see if they contain classified information, the central issue in the investigation of the Clinton private e-mail server.

Comey’s letter said the FBI learned “of the existence of e-mails that appear to be pertinent” to the Clinton investigation, though he added that the FBI “cannot yet assess whether or not this material may be significant.”

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