Obama urges FBI to reopen criminal probe into former FBI Director James Comey’s alleged mishandling of Hillary Clinton emails
President Barack Obama has urged the FBI to investigate former FBI director James Comey for allegedly mishandling classified information during the 2016 election.
Comey has testified before Congress in private since then that he mishandled the emails of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in the course of his job as FBI director.
Comey told Congress he was acting on the advice of a senior Justice Department official, who told him that the emails should not be marked as classified.
Trump and other Republicans have long accused the former FBI chief of mishandling the emails.
The president has called Comey a liar and a criminal and suggested he was motivated by personal hatred of Trump.
The President also issued a strongly worded statement in response to Comey’s testimony, which was released late Friday by the White House.
It said the former director has not been truthful or ethical.
“I have asked the Department of Justice to reopen its criminal investigation into Mr. Comey’s actions, and to return to its proper role of protecting the American people,” the president said in the statement.
The statement came a day after a former FBI official said Comey was in danger of being fired over his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
The former official, Peter Strzok, said in a statement that he was aware of an investigation into Comey’s handling of emails but “had no direct knowledge of any effort by Mr. Trump or his associates to pressure or influence the FBI director.”
“It’s not about the emails,” Strzoki said in an interview with NBC News.
“The President has made it clear that this is a serious issue and he believes that it’s a matter that should be investigated.”
In the statement, Trump also referred to Comey as “a man of integrity and good character.”
He said in his remarks at the White, “Mr. Comey is a man of great integrity and has done an incredible job as Director of the FBI.
His honesty and his integrity are unquestionable.
I have great confidence in Mr. [Jeff] Sessions, who I know and respect, and I hope that he will do the right thing for the country.”
The White House has not immediately responded to a request for comment.