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FBI director’s announcement on Clinton emails was ‘dumb,’ Jerry Brown says

Gov. Jerry Brown, shown speaking at a September event in Sacramento, said Monday that FBI Director James Comey “should think of other work.”
Gov. Jerry Brown, shown speaking at a September event in Sacramento, said Monday that FBI Director James Comey “should think of other work.” The Associated Press

Wading into the presidential race Monday, California Gov. Jerry Brown accused FBI Director James Comey of a gross violation of professional responsibility when he informed federal lawmakers, less than two weeks before the election, about newly discovered emails that appear pertinent to a past probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server.

Comey has taken considerable heat since dropping the bombshell Friday on the close presidential contest between Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump. In the letter to Congress, Comey said the FBI was taking investigative steps to review the email, but added the agency could not yet assess whether the material is significant.

Brown, a fourth-term governor who served as the state attorney general, said he hoped Americans would rally behind Clinton’s campaign. He criticized Comey’s timing, adding, “he didn’t know what he was talking about because he doesn’t know what’s in (the) email. He says it himself. He hasn’t looked at them. So why does he create a story that’s on the first page of every paper in the United States of America?”

Brown called the thinking behind the disclosure “dumb.”

He added: “It was a bad idea, and I think it’s about time that he should think of other work.”

Asked for his thoughts on the election as he prepared to address a breakfast benefiting former San Francisco Mayor and Assembly Speaker Willie Brown’s institute, Brown grew philosophical.

“This kind of election leaves one without feeling, unfortunately. Nationally, I would say it’s been really not a great debate on the issues.”

Christopher Cadelago: 916-326-5538, @ccadelago

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