FBI Director James Comey sent a letter to his employees on Friday explaining why he decided to break with tradition and alert Congress about its ongoing investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email scandal.
Comey argued he felt an “obligation” to be transparent due to the timing of the 2016 presidential election.
Read the entire letter, obtained by Fox News, below:
This morning I sent a letter to Congress in connection with the Secretary Clinton email investigation. Yesterday, the investigative team briefed me on their recommendation with respect to seeking access to emails that have recently been found in an unrelated case. Because those emails appear to be pertinent to our investigation, I agreed that we should take appropriate steps to obtain and review them.
Of course, we don’t ordinarily tell Congress about ongoing investigations, but here I feel an obligation to do so given that I testified repeatedly in recent months that our investigation was completed. I also think it would be misleading to the American people were we not to supplement the record. At the same time, however, given that we don’t know the significance of this newly discovered collection of emails, I don’t want to create a misleading impression. In trying to strike that balance, in a brief letter and in the middle of an election season, there is significant risk of being misunderstood, but I wanted you to hear directly from me about it.
Clinton finally addressed the latest development in her ongoing private email scandal on Friday, telling reporters she wants the FBI to release all relevant information.
“I’m sure there will be even more rumors, that’s why it’s incumbent upon the FBI to tell us exactly what they are talking about,” the Democratic nominee said. “Right now, your guess is as good as mine — and I don’t think that’s good enough.”
Watch Clinton’s full remarks here.