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Spotlight on FBI's Comey amid new Clinton probe

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>> I have great respect for the FBI for righting this wrong.>> I have now seen Director Comey's letter to Congress.>> The uproar over the FBI's renewed examination into Hillary Clinton's emails blindsiding nearly everyone, from candidates to politicians, with less than two weeks until Election Day. But a day after the news broke, the real story may have less to do with Clinton, Trump, this guy, or his wife.
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And everything to do with FBI director James Comey. Back to him in a moment. Here's what we know so far. FBI agents probing disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner for allegedly sexting with a 15-year-old girl, came across a device he shared with the woman he's married to but separated from Huma Abedin, one of Clinton's closest aides.
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It contained close to a thousand emails Abedin exchanged with Clinton. When investigators found it, they took it straight to the Director.>> The FBI is completing its investigation.>> You probably remember when Comey told Congress in July, the FBI had completed its investigation of Clinton's use of private email.
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He said, Clinton was, quote, careless with classified info, but he wasn't going to press charges. Fast forward to just a few days ago, and he's faced with what might be new emails, and he's in a tough spot. The Department of Justice has a longstanding policy not to do anything that could appear politically motivated, but Comey promised Congress to notify them if the investigation turned up anything new.
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He also knows that Republicans in Congress love to investigate anything that smells like a cover-up. It's worth noting as well that Comey, a Republican appointed to the job by Barack Obama, has a strong independent-minded streak. He may have opted to keep his promise and cover his, you know what.
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Calculating a scandal ahead of the election would be shorter lived than allegations of a cover-up afterward.