Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Key GOP senator criticizes FBI director James Comey for vague letter

There are still some honorable Republicans left.

By Rebecca Shabad CBS News November 1, 2016, 8:35 AM

The Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday said that FBI Director James Comey’s disclosure Friday about newly discovered emails related to the private email servers probe is “not fair to Congress, the American people or Secretary [Hillary] Clinton.”

In a letter to Comey Monday, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa said that Comey’s letter to GOP committee chairmen on Friday was “vague” and he listed a number of questions that he wants answered by Friday.

The letter, Grassley said, was unclear about what investigative steps the FBI is taking, why they are necessary to review the emails and whether they might include steps like seeking a search warrant. While he said Comey faced a “difficult decision,” Grassley was largely critical of the FBI director’s actions.

“While I disagree with those who suggest you should have kept the FBI’s discovery secret until after the election, I agree that your disclosure did not go far enough,” Grassley wrote. “Unfortunately, your letter failed to give Congress and the American people enough context to evaluate the significant or full meaning of the disclosure.”

He continued by saying the disclosure without additional context is “not fair to Congress, the American people or Secretary Clinton.”


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