In an internal memo obtained by Fox News, FBI director James Comey explains the reasoning why he sent the investigation notification to congress in advance of the 2016 Presidential election.
“This morning I sent a letter to congress in connection with the Secretary Clinton email investigation. Yesterday, the investigative team briefed me on their recommendation with respect to seeking access to emails that have recently been found in an unrelated case. Because those emails appear to be pertinent to our investigation, I agreed that we should take appropriate steps to obtain and review them”.
“Of course we don’t ordinarily tell Congress about ongoing investigations, but here I feel an obligation to do so given that I testified repeatedly in recent months that our investigation was completed. I also think it would be misleading to the American people were we not to supplement the record”.
“At the same time, however, given that we do not know the significance of this newly discovered collection of emails, I don’t want to create a misleading impression. In trying to strike that balance, in a brief letter, and in the middle of an election season, there is significant risk of being misunderstood, but I wanted you to hear directly from me about it.”
Many people have speculated about the big-picture aspect to this release.
A solid argument can be made that FBI Director Comey is yet again helping the Clinton team by providing something that will soon evidence as a big nothing-burger. This helps to hide the real controversies within WikiLeaks and other scandals.
Republican politicians, and lesser skilled Machiavellian types are very easily baited into mountain building by strategic placement of molehills. Historically, no-one is more skilled at the shiny molehill placement than the Clinton family.
Once the Clinton’s can paint the FBI release is a nothingburger, then all other scandals are easily painted with the same brush. It’s how they roll…
See TWA Flight #800 for a good historic reference.