WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, James Comey, will announce his agency’s support for Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump this week, a senior official with the Department of Justice confirmed on Sunday. The high profile endorsement is expected to give Trump a significant boost in the polls and may even help sway last-minute undecided voters.
“I was endorsed by ICE, I was endorsed by over ninety admirals and generals, and now you have the FBI coming out and saying they’re going to endorse me,” Trump told supporters at the Phoenix Convention Center in Arizona on Saturday. “Folks, these are people who have been investigating Crooked Hillary’s thirty-three thousand missing emails since day one. And now they’re endorsing me. What does that tell you?”
The news of such an unprecedented endorsement comes less than forty-eight hours after Director Comey publicly announced the FBI’s decision to reopen its investigation into the former Secretary of State’s private email servers. “In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation,” Director Comey wrote in a letter delivered to congressional leaders on Friday.
Citing an ongoing investigation, the director would not confirm specific details surrounding the newly discovered emails but an official with intimate knowledge of the inquiry, who spoke to The Washington Post on condition of anonymity, said the emails are “an eleven on a scale of one to ten.” However, in an effort to reduce the likelihood that news of the renewed investigation might play a role in influencing the presidential election, Director Comey has agreed to wait until Wednesday, November 9, to update congress on the FBI’s findings.
With the election less than ten days away, Democrats and moderate Republicans are lashing out at the FBI director’s handling of the new information surrounding Clinton’s private email server. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called Comey’s decision to go public “pretty strange” and later expressed frustration over the long-time Republican’s efforts to help Donald Trump “confuse, mislead, and discourage the American people.”