FBI Under Justice Department Investigation

America's top law enforcement agency is under investigation for actions leading up to the 2016 presidential election.
3:36 | 01/12/17

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Good evening it is great to have you with this here at a Thursday night and we begin tonight with the head of the FBI under the microscope. The Justice Department's inspector general revealing that they will investigate. Whether actions taken by the FBI director before the presidential election broke policy and portal call. You'll remember director James coney going public reigniting the email investigation involving Hillary Clinton only to Denton revealed there was nothing. Critics say there is no question it affected the election and here's ABC's senior justice correspondent Pierre Thomas and. Tonight FBI director James Komi under intense new scrutiny a new inspector general investigation asking the critical question. Did police actions and includes an email probe. Violate Justice Department policies and protocol. Something critics have maintained severely hurt Clinton's chance at the presidency. Just eleven days before the election Clinton and her team huddled on her plane. Earning only upon landing that James Coley had just publicly reignited the email investigation. I need to open. With a very critical. Breaking news announce. They have discovered new emails. And. Tonight the Department of Justice wants to know whether co least public move was appropriate call me announcing just two days before the election there was nothing there critics argue the damage was done. You may have heard about. A letter that the FBI director. Sent out. It's pretty strange to put something like that out. With such little information right before an election. The actions fear so close to the election department policies always been you don't do it close to an election. You don't want anybody did think the department is acting to influence an election. Also under scrutiny Coley is rare decision in July to hold a press conference to announce charges would not be filed against Clinton. Even as he spent fifteen minutes laying out the case harshly criticizing her. They were extremely careless. In their handling a very sensitive highly classified information. But Vince saying no reasonable prosecutor would bring such case rarely does a prosecutor go in to link. White cold we did with respect to Hillary Clinton. Coley says he made tough decisions based on bad options. While wrestling with the need for transparency but the Clinton team says coma has moved eleven days before the election was devastating. This election have been held. Ten days earlier prior to the region called his honor Hillary Clinton will be the forty took part in the United States. And just this week Komi was asked if the FBI's investigating whether president elect talks team had any contact with the Russians during the campaign. It would never comment on investigations were that we have one or not in an open forum like this he was pressed again he didn't say one way or another whether even there's an investigation. Under way. Correct I don't. It session a public forum we never confirm or deny it pending investigation. I are not about sixty irony if you're making that statement here I cannot. A void was there a double standard. Was protocol ignored inspector general tonight's signaling they'll investigate director told me you comfortable on the road which by the election served. Pierre Thomas with a slot at the FBI tonight appear the director of the FBI James call me weighing in on this late today. David he said he will fully cooperate he has nothing to hide and that he wants to be transparent. Air Thomas leading us off tonight here thank you.

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