Clinton Camp Says FBI Chief Guilty of 'Double Standard'

He'll talk about emails but not possible Russia connection, says spokesman
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 1, 2016 6:52 AM CDT
FBI Director James Comey, right, while testifying on Capitol Hill in September.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – The Clinton camp went after FBI chief James Comey on Monday over what campaign manager Robby Mook calls a "blatant double standard": Comey is willing to publicly disclose new information on Hillary Clinton's email troubles but not about possible Russian meddling into the election. "Director Comey owes the public an explanation for this inconsistency," says Clinton press secretary Brian Fallon, per the Washington Post. The Clinton team thinks Russia is behind the hacked emails that have dogged the campaign, and earlier this week, Harry Reid accused Comey of sitting on "explosive information" that links Moscow with the Trump campaign.

On Monday, CNBC reported that Comey won't publicly accuse Russia of meddling because he thinks it's too close to Election Day. The New York Times, meanwhile, reports that FBI investigators have been looking into possible connections between Moscow and the Trump campaign since the summer and have found no conclusive proof. The agency has, however, begun what NBC News calls a "preliminary inquiry" into former campaign manager Paul Manafort's foreign business ties. And Slate on Monday dug into allegations that a computer server linked to the Trump camp was communicating with servers at the largest private bank in Russia, though it concludes, "We don't yet know what this [Trump] server was for, but it deserves further explanation." (Read more Hillary Clinton 2016 stories.)

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