Now HILLARY is accusing FBI of violating…

US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton arrives to board her campaign plane at the Westchester County Airport in White Plains, New York, on October 31, 2016. Clinton's campaign was jolted when FBI boss James Comey announced October 28 that his agents are reviewing a newly discovered trove of emails, resurrecting an issue Clinton had hoped was behind her. / AFP / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Who knew the FBI doing their job qualified as “interfering with the election?” At least, when they were letting Hillary off the hook nobody had any complaints.

Back when the FBI let Hillary get away scot-free, the Washington Post claimed Republicans attacking Comey were simply attacking the man for doing his job. However, when he reopened the investigation in light of new evidence (you know, like his job entails), the Post published a piece stating that Comey was posing a threat to our democracy.


Who knew? When Donald Trump says the election is rigged, Hillary Clinton says he’s posing a threat to our democracy. Then when the FBI reopens their investigation, and AG Loretta Lynch tries to prevent the public from receiving that information, it’s not rigging, it’s a threat to our democracy!

Here’s the latest defense: that the FBI is interfering with a “long standing policy” that prevents the FBI from “interfering with elections.” You’d find such a defense in publications such as the New York Times and Vox. Even some of the talking heads on Fox News, such as Judge Jeanine Pirro, repeated the claim.

And yet how old is this “long standing policy?” Regardless of how long the tradition may have been known verbally, it wasn’t formalized until four years ago. As the left-wing New Yorker reports: Four years ago, then Attorney General Eric Holder formalized this practice in a memo to all Justice Department employees. The memo warned that, when handling political cases, officials “must be particularly sensitive to safeguarding the Department’s reputation for fairness, neutrality, and nonpartisanship.” To guard against unfair conduct, Holder wrote, employees facing questions about “the timing of charges or overt investigative steps near the time of a primary or general election” should consult with the Public Integrity Section of the Criminal Division.

The F.B.I. director is an employee of the Justice Department, and is covered by its policies. But when asked whether Comey had followed these guidelines and consulted with the Public Integrity Section, or with any other department officials, Kevin Lewis, a deputy director of public affairs for the Justice Department, said, “We have no comment on the matter.”

According to the Administration official, Lynch asked Comey to follow Justice Department policies, but he said that he was obliged to break with them because he had promised to inform members of Congress if there were further developments in the case. He also felt that the impending election created a compelling need to inform the public, despite the tradition of acting with added discretion around elections. The Administration official said that Lynch and Justice Department officials are studying the situation, which he called unprecedented.

One of the comments on the video above summarizes the reality of what’s going on perfectly: the FBI’s investigation isn’t interfering with the election – the election is interfering with the FBI’s investigation.

[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]


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