Attorney General Loretta Lynch prompted FBI Director James Comey not to send a letter to Congress illuminating them of the discovery of new emails identified with the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
A source in the Obama administration told the magazine that Lynch contended for taking after the Justice Department’s routine of not taking actions that could impact the result of an election.
Comey supposedly said he felt obliged to tell Congress about the survey of the new emails since he had guaranteed to keep administrators informed when he affirmed about the investigation in July.
“Of course, we don’t ordinarily tell Congress about ongoing investigations, but here I feel an obligation to do so given that I repeatedly testified in recent months that our investigation was completed,” Comey wrote in a reminder to FBI workers that was acquired by the Washington Post. “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 the middle of an election season there is a significant risk of being misunderstood.”