Two weeks before election day, FBI Director James Comey wrote a letter to James Chaffetz, the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, about the reevaluation of Clinton’s case. Within the letter, he claims, “In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the [Clinton] investigation.” Chaffetz broadcasted this passage from the letter on twitter, claiming Clinton’s case is reopened. Trump supporters rallied behind this. Kellyanne Conway, campaign manager for Trump, even tweeted on October 28, “A great day in our campaign just got even better. FBI reviewing new emails in Clinton probe.”
As the public once again began to argue among each other about the “greater evil” among the two candidates, Comey is getting heat behind the scenes. Congressional Democrats and the Clinton campaign has begun to accuse Comey of violating the Hatch Act of 1939, an act that made it illegal for federal government employees, besides the president, vice-president, and certain other high ranking officials, to use their influence and power to interfere or affect with ongoing elections that may harm a candidate’s campaign.
People are pushing for Comey to release the rest of the letter he sent to Conway, claiming the timing of this news was “too perfect” and the wording was just “too precise”. Democratic Leader Harry Reid even wrote to Comey on October 30th about this issue, saying, “I am writing to inform you that my office has determined these actions may violate the Hatch Act… Through your partisan actions, you may have broken the law.” Essentially, Comey is being accused of thoughtcrime.
Currently, not much information about Comey’s case is being released to the public. All matters are being done within the federal government. Right now, Comey has not made a statement to the public about these claims against him. With many powerful democratic opponents trying to accuse Comey of a thoughtcrime, only time will tell what will happen to the FBI director.