FBI Director James Comey was under attack from some of his own agents and members of Congress on Monday over his handling of an inquiry into Hillary Clinton’s emails, but the White House was remaining supportive, for now.
In stunning fashion, Comey has injected the Federal Bureau of Investigation, meant to be politically neutral, into the thick of the 2016 U.S. presidential race, making a series of announcements on the inquiry.
The latest was on Sunday, when he said the FBI stood by a July decision not to recommend criminal charges against the Democratic presidential candidate. Sunday’s announcement came days after Comey disclosed the FBI was examining a trove of newly discovered emails.
With the election coming on Tuesday, Comey’s statements and the FBI’s overall handling of the emails controversy has drawn fire from congressional Democrats, who criticized the agency for clouding Clinton’s campaign so close to the election, while Republicans questioned why the new inquiry ended so quickly.
FBI “field agents have felt the derivative impact of the criticism fired at Director Comey as a result of the Clinton email scandal,” said Jon Adler, president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Foundation, which represents more than 3,500 FBI agents.
He said some agents disapprove of Comey’s handling of the investigation and think he should resign, while others support him, but do not appreciate being in a political crossfire.
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