Investigations. Leaks. Rumors. Innuendo.
Welcome to the 2016 presidential campaign’s final days, which have been overwhelmed by the FBI’s handling of its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
The daily spring of leaks coming out of the FBI has made it appear that the law enforcement agency is at war with itself. And the fight is playing out through conflicting stories in the media, angering Republicans and Democrats alike.
“It’s total chaos,” said Matt Miller, a former Department of Justice (DOJ) spokesman who backs Clinton for president.
Many Democrats are seething over FBI Director James Comey’s decision to tell Congress that his agents had come across new information potentially related to the bureau’s investigation of Clinton’s emails during her time as secretary of State. They argue Comey is meddling in the election and tilting the scales by making the investigation public.
“You drop something like this in the middle of a presidential campaign, it puts the FBI into the middle of a partisan battle and generates leaks on all sides, between Republicans and Democrats, the FBI and the DOJ, FBI officials and their superiors,” said Miller. “It’s a complete breakdown in the rules that govern these institutions. It’s terrible for them. It’s terrible for the campaigns and the election.”