The notion that the 2016 presidential race is proving to be the most surreal election in American history is quickly becoming an overused cliché.
But, that’s only because it’s true.
In a new development in the twisted Hillary Clinton/Huma Abedin/Anthony Weiner saga, the 15-year-old girl who allegedly received sexually explicit messages from Weiner — a former Democratic congressman from New York — is apparently “upset” with FBI Director James Comey.
In a report by Buzzfeed, the unnamed teenager is speaking out about the FBI director’s linking of Clinton’s email investigation with the Weiner sexting investigation.
“The FBI asked for me to speak to the media as little as possible,” she told Buzzfeed. “I have tried to stay quiet, but Comey has upset me. The last thing that I wanted was to have this become political propaganda.”
Last week, in a letter to Congress, the FBI director wrote that the bureau had discovered new emails related to the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private server while she was secretary of state. Those emails, according to The New York Times, were found during the investigation into Weiner's sexting scandal.
The girl, whose identity is being withheld for privacy, said she found out about the new connection when a reporter called her last Friday looking for a comment.
According to Buzzfeed, she had just spent several hours with FBI agents answering questions in regards to Weiner.
Comey’s Friday announcement has reverberated throughout the country as it came only 11 days before the presidential election. Democrats, along with many Republicans, have criticized Comey for politicizing the investigation and interfering in the election.
According to The New York Times, the emails at the center of the controversy were found on a personal computer belonging to Weiner, and his now-estranged wife, Abedin, who is the vice chairman of the Clinton campaign.
The teenage girl, who is now 16, has written a strongly-worded open letter to Comey, in which she castigates the FBI director for bringing back media scrutiny on her.
“Why couldn’t your letter have waited until after the election, so I would not have to be the center of attention the last week of the election cycle?” she asks in the letter published in full by Buzzfeed. “Anthony Weiner is the abuser. Your letter helped that abuse to continue. How can I rebuild my life when you have made finding out my ‘story’ the goal of every reporter?”
Comey has faced a strong reaction from the media and from political circles around the country.
President Barack Obama, today, broke his silence about Comey’s letter to Congress saying, “… I do think that there is a norm that when there are investigations, we don’t operate on innuendo, we don’t operate on incomplete information, we don’t operate on leaks, we operate based on concrete decisions that are made.”
The uproar over Comey’s action has been furious, but the FBI director is also in a bind. There is no way he can please anyone in the matter.
If he had remained silent and important evidence had come to light after the election, it’s almost certain that the Republicans would have thrown a hissy fit, and Trump’s chants of “rigging” would have amplified.
That said, it has been a longstanding FBI policy not to make announcements regarding investigations 60 days before an election.
Perhaps Comey should have followed FBI policy and stayed quiet.
In hindsight he probably thinks so as well.
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