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Letters: FBI director, Clinton, emails, investigation

U.S. FBI Director James Comey testifies before the House Oversight Committee in July over investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email system.
U.S. FBI Director James Comey testifies before the House Oversight Committee in July over investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email system. ZumaPress.com

Comey should resign from FBI

Re “Justice Dept. wanted Comey to stay mum” (Page 1A, Oct. 30): The role of the FBI is to investigate and turn over their findings to prosecutors in the Department of Justice, who then determine if indictments should be brought.

In his July news conference, FBI Director James Comey reversed the roles and the investigator became the prosecutor. Not only did he declare that Hillary Clinton should not be criminally indicted, he also, in explaining the reasons for his decision, delivered a political indictment.

Now Comey has implied, intentionally or not, that new emails might impact his earlier decision. In so doing, he has dragged the FBI further into a political quagmire where it does not belong. He has compounded his earlier mistakes and damaged both his and the FBI’s reputations for independence and integrity.

Comey should resign.

John Stafford, Sacramento

FBI director a disgrace to nation

It is clear FBI Director James Comey not only acted in egregious disregard of the political impartiality required of his office, but intentionally is attempting to influence the election against Hilary Clinton and the Democratic Party. Comey, a Republican, should immediately be suspended from his office as FBI director.

This article, and everything else I have read on this matter, says that Comey’s action has “alerted Congress – and by extension, the public – before agents even began reading the newly discovered emails” on former Rep. Anthony Weiner’s computer and before the FBI had even obtained court authority to begin reading the emails.

This is nothing but a blatant attempt to influence the outcome of a United States presidential election.

Don M. Branner, Roseville

Direct assault on democracy

Re “In Clinton inquiry, FBI gets warrant for Weiner’s emails” (Page 1A, Oct. 31): The more I hear, the more convinced I am that James Comey is unfit to serve as director of the FBI. When issuing his letter to Congress, he had not seen the emails or secured a probable cause warrant to access the emails, and he violated Justice Department policy. There is every reason to believe that anything he finds may already have been reviewed by the FBI.

This can only be construed as a direct assault on American democracy and Hillary Clinton. He should resign. He is nothing more than a political hack for the Republican Party.

Joseph Slabbinck,

Citrus Heights

Clinton caused her own problems

Re “FBI reopens Clinton case as more emails surface” (Page 1A, Oct. 29): So Hillary Clinton is demanding the FBI turn over all the emails immediately. This is the same candidate who destroyed thousands of emails before and after they were subpoenaed. Perhaps Clinton should have complied with the law from the beginning and turned over all the evidence when she had the legal obligation.

The FBI did not create the problem, she did.

Douglas Schuch,


FBI review, Republican logic

The way I understand this is, a team of FBI agents will review State Department emails to determine if they are classified or not, requiring an open-ended amount of time, perhaps many months. Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, was expected to personally determine, on the fly, if the emails she read are classified. If out of the thousands, one slipped through, she is to be held criminally negligent. Such is Republican logic.

Thomas R. Adams,

Fair Oaks

Inquiry should be a wake-up call

Maybe this will be a wake-up call to all voters wearing blinders when it comes to the Justice Department and Hillary Clinton. While Donald Trump is flawed, he is a prince compared to Clinton.

Sue Whitehorn,


Comey tries to rig the election

Who could have known that Donald Trump was correct when he said the election was rigged? FBI Director James Comey has interfered with the election and violated the Hatch Act. In Trump’s own words, “lock him up.”

Terry Skjelstad, Fair Oaks

Clinton is still best choice for office

If James Comey wanted to be a part of this election, he should have run as the partisan Republican that he is. I still would rather have Clinton in the Oval Office than a person who has made racist and bigoted comments, and made terrible comments about women.

Peter Tiedemann,



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