Days away from the presidential election, FBI Director James Comey could be in a world of trouble. The bombshell he dropped about the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email servers has led to official complaints and attacks from the whole political spectrum.
Comey “may have broken the law,” Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) has said, referring to the Hatch Act, which covers federal officials appointed by the president and crimes of abuse of power and the manipulation of elections.
Meanwhile, a former ethics lawyer under President George W. Bush, Richard Painter, has filed an official complaint, according to his op-ed in the New York Times.
While the Office of Special Counsel, the independent federal agency responsible for looking into Hatch Act violations, has not confirmed or denied any investigation, the heated reactions Comey has received thus far might make him feel like he is on trial.
Even Comey’s former colleague and former US attorney general Eric Holder said Comey “unintentionally and negatively affected public trust in both the Justice Department and the FBI,” in an op-ed for the Washington Post.
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