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Dems say FBI's Comey may have violated federal law

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>> The US Justice Department saying it's moving as expeditiously as possible to read through all the newly discovered emails potentially related to Hillary Clinton. This comes as FBI director James Comey faces a throng of Democrats angry over his vague letter alerting congressional leaders of the emails sent just days before the election.
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And without knowing whether the new emails were even relevant to the bureaus investigations into Clinton's private server.>> It took guts for Director Comey to make the move that he made in light with the kind of opposition he had.>> There is no
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>> Regardless of which side you're on, many are now saying Comey may have broken the law. Reuters legal reporter Mika Rosenberg has been digging into the law known as The Hatch Act.>> The Hatch Act is a law that was passed in 1939 that prevents government officials from engaging in any sort of political activity that could adversely affect the election.
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There is a debate on whether or not this would constitute a violation of the act. Some people say that Comey overstepped by making this announcement without actually having solid information about what was contained in the emails. But others say, look, this is normal course of business. He was disclosing already to Congress what was going on.
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And this was just an extra step that he felt he needed to take.>> Did Comey violate Federal Law?>> If an investigation was undertaken and it was determined Comey went too far, it would ultimately fall on the President to decide what to do with him. Violating the Hatch Act which is not a criminal offense could get someone demoted, fired or fined up to $1,000.
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Assuming there are no consequences for sending the letter, Comey will still be heading the bureau when the next President takes over, which could make for an awkward relationship should Clinton win the White House.