Target: James Comey, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations and Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney General
Goal: Release details from the new investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.
When news was released that the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) was going to once again look into Hillary Clinton’s emails, it sent a shockwave through America which could affect the outcome of the election. Even though the Department of Justice (DOJ) advised him not to, James Comey sent a letter to Congress explaining that they had uncovered new Clinton emails that might be pertinent to the probe. The DOJ has since stated that no other details will be released, but this seems unfair as it leaves many questions in the air so close to an election.
Comey said he sent the letter because he did not want anyone to think he lied after stating that the FBI had closed the case, but DOJ staff relayed to him that doing so would go against basic protocol. Comey has defied the general practice of not releasing investigatory information related to politicians within 60 days of an election. Many lawmakers are criticizing Comey’s decision, alleging that he is playing into the hands of the Trump campaign and that the news could influence undecided voters.
Clinton’s campaign has called upon the FBI to release details into the investigation as they become available so as to keep citizens informed and follow with his apparent dedication to transparency. Clinton’s top campaign manager, John Podesta, has criticized the letter for being too vague and said that he believes Comey knew Republicans would use this information against Clinton. Already, Paul Ryan has defended Comey, and Donald Trump used the FBI director’s letter to fuel his hate speech towards Clinton at rallies.
The new emails came to light while investigators were looking into the case of former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s sexual relations with a minor. Comey’s letter stated he was not sure how long the new investigation would take, but typically weeks are needed to fully analyze the amount of files that were confiscated. Releasing as many facts about Clinton’s emails as possible while citizens are already voting is only fair after Comey’s negligence to keep the news to himself. Sign this petition to denounce Comey and demand that the DOJ allow the FBI to release information to the public as it becomes available.
Dear Mr. Comey and Ms. Lynch,
Recent news that the FBI reopened its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails startled many citizens, especially U.S. lawmakers. Generally, classified information such as this would not be released to the public so close to an election, yet a letter was sent to Congress anyway. Many believe this plays into the hands of the Republican campaign and that election results could be effected.
Since these new emails cause doubt about Clinton’s integrity, it is only right to keep American citizens up to date with what you find out. As anti-Clinton efforts rush to denounce the presidential candidate for this new wave of emails, we look to you to show us if any concerning activity actually took place. As this information is crucial to the election, we demand that you release details into this investigation immediately.
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