On Friday, the FBI announced that it was reopening its investigation into Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's emails.
FBI Director James Comey wrote in an email to Congress, "In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation," which was closed in July.
The FBI found the Clinton emails during their investigation of former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner. The information was found while searching Weiner and top Clinton aide Huma Abedin's seized phones, the New York Post reports.
Comey noted that it is unclear at this time how or if the newly revealed material would impact the outcome of their original investigation. However, he wrote, "I believe it is important to update your Committees about our efforts in light of my previous testimony."
In light of the latest revelations, a former DoJ spokesperson went on a Twitter rant in response to Comey's email, Politico reports.
Matthew Miller started with, "This is such an inappropriate public disclosure by Comey. And sadly the latest in a long string of them."
This is such an inappropriate public disclosure by Comey. And sadly the latest in a long string of them. https://t.co/8MgrH9UKlR— Matthew Miller (@Matthew Miller) 1477674497.0
The timing of this latest revelation couldn't be worse for the Clinton campaign, with just 11 days left until the Election. Miller's Twitter rant continued with the following:
Comey refused to even tell Congress if FBI was investigating Trump camp for Russia hack, but regular updates on Clinton are apparently A-ok.— Matthew Miller (@Matthew Miller) 1477675368.0
He flagrantly violated DOJ rules with his press conference. Then went on to break new ground discussing details of the case to Congress...2/— Matthew Miller (@Matthew Miller) 1477677527.0
Followed by quickly releasing FBI 302's, something they rarely do, and which I doubt they will do for future high-profile cases. 3/— Matthew Miller (@Matthew Miller) 1477677603.0
Each time, he either violated or seriously stretched DOJ rule & precedent. Press conference was the original sin, & it begat the rest. 4/— Matthew Miller (@Matthew Miller) 1477677760.0
But today's disclosure might be worst abuse yet. DOJ goes out of its way to avoid publicly discussing investigations close to election. 5/— Matthew Miller (@Matthew Miller) 1477677896.0
Not just public discussion either. Often won't send subpoenas or take other steps that might leak until after an election is over...6/— Matthew Miller (@Matthew Miller) 1477677983.0
Why? Because voters have no way to interpret FBI/DOJ activity in a neutral way. Who is the target of an investigation? What conduct? 7/— Matthew Miller (@Matthew Miller) 1477678171.0
This might be totally benign & not even involve Clinton. But no way for press or voters to know that. Easy for opponent to make hay over. 8/— Matthew Miller (@Matthew Miller) 1477678249.0
Which takes us back to the original rule: you don't comment on ongoing investigations. Then multiply that times ten close to an election. 9/— Matthew Miller (@Matthew Miller) 1477678329.0
For whatever reason (& there are many theories), Comey continues to ignore that. But only for Clinton. 10/— Matthew Miller (@Matthew Miller) 1477678402.0
FBI is undoubtedly investigating links between the Russian hack, Manafort, & the Trump campaign. But aren't commenting on it. Good! 11/— Matthew Miller (@Matthew Miller) 1477678449.0
They shouldn't be commenting on investigations! But that should apply to all. Instead Clinton consistently treated differently/worse. 12/12— Matthew Miller (@Matthew Miller) 1477678637.0
The Clinton campaign responded to the FBI probe seeking more details on the latest investigation. Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta wrote in a statement that Comey "should immediately provide the American public more information than is contained in the letter he sent to eight Republican committee chairmen."
He added, "It is extraordinary that we would see something like this just 11 days out from a presidential election."
Even though the timing is impeccable, it is unclear at this time whether another Clinton email scandal less than two weeks out from Election Day will have much of an impact on voters. Early voting has already given Clinton a boost in the polls.
At this time, what is most important is that the public receives additional information pertaining to the latest emails recovered by the FBI, and how the agency will move forward.
Miller spoke with CNN anchor Jake Tapper on Friday afternoon. "This latest example violates a longstanding practice, which is that the department goes out of its way not to do anything that can be seen as trying to influence an election when you're in the closing days of an election," he said.
Tapper asked Miller whether withholding this information would also be a way to sway the election — just in Clinton's favor.
Miller says, "There's no information to be released. We don't know what it is the FBI is looking at. We don't know what it is they've received."
Tapper followed up by bringing attention to the fact that when Comey announced in July that Clinton would not be charged, the Republicans were up in arms, while the Democrats were happy with the outcome. Now, the tables have turned.
He asks, "Doesn't that breed cynicism? The idea that whatever is unfavorable to your side is suddenly outrageous?"
You can watch the clip below.