FBI Director James Comey told bureau employees that he felt an “obligation” to alert Congress about reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
Comey’s bombshell letter to Congress on Friday broke with custom as the FBI would not normally communicate about the reopening of a case, Fox News reported. But with Clinton seeking the presidency and the election just days away, the director told his staff in an internal memo obtained by Fox that timing and political sensitivity left him no other choice.
Read Comey’s letter to FBI employees below:
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 don’t 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.
As Fox News broke the exclusive story late Friday, host Megyn Kelly and guests on “The Kelly File” reacted to the FBI director’s letter.
“What the hell is happening?” Kelly asked after reading the internal memo on the air.
“It is absolutely surreal,” agreed Fox News’ Howard Kurtz.
Watch the reaction and discussion in the video segment below.
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