FBI Has Warrant to Search Emails, Earnest ‘Neither Defends, Nor Criticizes’ Comey


Time: 6:22 p.m. CEST  Update: 10:38 p.m. CEST

The White House was relentless to comment on the latest developments of the Federal Bureau of Investigation case related to the emails of Hillary Clinton. On Monday, the White House press secretary Josh Earnest said, he will “neither defend, nor criticize what Director Comey has decided to communicate to the public about this investigation.”

A significant portion of the October 31 news briefing was dedicated to latest reveal of FBI Director Comey who wrote to the Congress on Friday. Earnest did not comment on Comey, specifically, but said, “The President’s assessment of his integrity and his character has not change.

For example, the President does not believe Director Comey is intentionally trying to influence to election, president does not believe he is secretly strategizing in benefit of one candidate, or one political party.”

Earnest commented Comey is in the tough spot and “he is the one who would be in the position to defend his actions in the phase of the significant criticism.” Further, Earnest stressed that he “is not in the position neither to defend nor to criticize that decision. That is something that officials from the Department of Justice and the FBI have to do.”

The Federal Bureau of Investigation agents have a search warrant to examine the thousands of emails found on a computer, seized in the investigation of the former U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner. The emails, as the National Public Radio publishes could be of importance in the already closed investigation of the Hillary Clinton’s personal email server.

On Friday, the FBI Director James Comey revealed to the members of Congressional committees in a letter that some emails have been found during the investigation into Weiner, who reportedly send the illicit text messages to a minor.

A very close aid to Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin was married to Weiner, but separated this summer. The investigators review the theory that Abedin reportedly used the laptop at home for the professional correspondence, related to the State Department.

But, NPR says, “It is not clear whether any of the newly discovered emails were sent or received by Clinton. As NPR writes, the material was found in early October, but the warrant is not from the beginning of the month. Last night, the Senate Democratic leader, said that FBI Director, James Comey, possibly breaks federal law by taking new steps only a week before the Election Day.

“Your actions in recent months have demonstrated a disturbing double standard for the treatment of sensitive information, with what appears to be a clear intent to aid one political party over another,” Reid write to Comey. Senate Democratic leader said that his office possibly concluded FBI actions might violate the Hatch Act, which forbids to FBI officials to use their authority to influence an election.

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