Sen. Harry Reid accuses FBI Dir. of breaking the law

FBI Director James Comey makes a statement at FBI Headquarters in Washington, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Comey said the FBI will not recommend criminal charges in its investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
FBI Director James Comey makes a statement at FBI Headquarters in Washington, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Comey said the FBI will not recommend criminal charges in its investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

WASHINGTON (AP) – The top Senate Democrat says FBI Director James Comey may have broken the law by disclosing 11 days before Election Day word of newly discovered emails possibly related to the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

In a letter late Sunday to Comey, Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada says his office has determined that the FBI director’s actions may have violated the Hatch Act, which limits some political activities of federal employees.

Reid wrote to Comey: “Through your partisan actions, you may have broken the law.”

The Democrat also railed against what he sees as a double standard by Comey, saying the FBI has “explosive information” about close ties between Republican Donald Trump and the Russian government. Reid says there is no danger to American interests to release that information and accuses Comey of resisting calls to inform the people.

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