Sen. Harry Reid: FBI Director's 'Double Standard' May Violate Federal Law
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has accused FBI Director James Comey of potentially violating federal law by "using his official authority to influence an election."
In a letter sent to the director Sunday, Reid said the timing of Comey's disclosure of a renewed investigation into Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's private e-mail server demonstrates a "a disturbing double standard," with "the intent to aid one political party over another."
"The clear double-standard established by your actions strongly suggests that your highly selective approach to publicizing information, along with your timing, was intended for the success or failure of a partisan candidate or political group," Reid said.
Reid said Comey's actions may be in violation of the Hatch Act, a federal law which prohibits government employees from taking an active part in political campaigns.
The Nevada senator also accused the FBI Director of refusing to disclose information regarding the alleged "close ties" Republican nominee Donald Trump has with the Russian government.
"The public has the right to know this information," Reid said in the letter. "And yet, you continue to resist calls to inform the public of this critical information."
The FBI did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the Reid letter.