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In a scathing op-ed for The Washington Post published last night, former Attorney General Eric Holder criticized FBI Director James Comey for his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while Secretary of State. In his letter, Holder argues that Comey broke protocol when he wrote a letter to Congress about reviewing the newly located emails, which were found on former Congressman Anthony Weiner's laptop. (Weiner is the estranged husband of Clinton aide Huma Abedin.) According to individuals familiar with the case, FBI officials stumbled across the emails weeks ago but did not brief Comey on the development until last Thursday. Comey's announcement came 11 days before the general election; in July, he recommended that the Justice Department bring no charges against Clinton.

The FBI, wrote Holder, "has a practice of not commenting on ongoing investigations. Indeed, except in exceptional circumstances, the department will not even acknowledge the existence of an investigation. The department also has a policy of not taking unnecessary action close in time to Election Day that might influence an election’s outcome. These rules have been followed during Republican and Democratic administrations."

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