US Election 2016: Clinton Campaign Blasts FBI ‘Double Standards’

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Updated November 1, 2016

US Election 2016: Clinton Campaign Blasts FBI 'Double Standards'The Clinton campaign has accused FBI Director, James Comey of “blatant double standards” over the new inquiry into Hillary Clinton’s email use.

The comments come after media reports surfaced that Mr Comey had urged against publicly accusing Russia of interfering in the US election, including alleged email hacking.

They claim that he had sought to withhold evidence of Russian support for Donald Trump for fear of influencing the US election.

Reports say Mr Comey’s concern about releasing the information was due to the proximity to the election.

The statement that Mr Comey reportedly declined to sign off on was released by the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on October 7.

“It is impossible to view this as anything less than a blatant double standard,” Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook told reporters, claiming the decision “defied all logic”, especially as other intelligence agencies had favoured disclosure of suspected Russian involvement.

“Through these two decisions he shows he favours acting alone and without consulting … these are not the hallmarks of a responsible investigation,” added Mook.

The FBI has, however, refused to comment on the reports.