Warrant Granted To FBI To Search Huma Abedin's Emails
Democrats, including Hillary herself, are saying Comey is violating the Hatch Act - that he is interfering with the Election - by announcing an investigation just days before we vote.
Nickarama at Weasel Zippers explains the particulars:
Comey having testified before Congress in their investigations concerning Hillary’s emails had a continuing obligation to update his testimony, that is that the investigation was re-ignited or continuing, after he had told them it was closed.
Had he not done so, he could have been accused of lying to Congress and charged with contempt of Congress.
Had he done so and then brought this up after the election, he would have been accused of hiding the information to protect Hillary.
That’s why it’s fundamentally different from talking about another case, such as the alleged case into Trump’s Russian ties, because he had no testimony about that before Congress, so no requirement to inform them.
It’s also probably not a Hatch Act violation because Comey is an appointee of the President, with approval of the Senate responsible for federal policy. That would mean he was exempt from the Hatch Act.
But even if it were ruled that it applied, they would still have to show an intentional violation, and doing ones job in an investigation would not be a violation. Obama cabinet secretaries who were deemed to have violated the spirit of the Hatch Act, Kathleen Sebelius and Joaquin Castro, both of whom blatantly politicked for Hillary Clinton, were simply told, ‘don’t do it again’.