FBI's '60 Day Rule' Left Whining About Is Only 4 Years Old, Created by Obama's DOJ

Chris Menahan
InformationLiberation
Oct. 29, 2016

The FBI's "60 day rule" which suggests any perceived interference in elections be avoided was only "formalized" four years ago by Obama's DOJ head Eric Holder.

From The New Yorker:
Traditionally, the Justice Department has advised prosecutors and law enforcement to avoid any appearance of meddling in the outcome of elections, even if it means holding off on pressing cases. One former senior official recalled that Janet Reno, the Attorney General under Bill Clinton, “completely shut down” the prosecution of a politically sensitive criminal target prior to an election. “She was adamant—anything that could influence the election had to go dark,” the former official said.

Four years ago, then Attorney General Eric Holder formalized this practice in a memo to all Justice Department employees. The memo warned that, when handling political cases, officials “must be particularly sensitive to safeguarding the Department’s reputation for fairness, neutrality, and nonpartisanship.” To guard against unfair conduct, Holder wrote, employees facing questions about “the timing of charges or overt investigative steps near the time of a primary or general election” should consult with the Public Integrity Section of the Criminal Division.

The F.B.I. director is an employee of the Justice Department, and is covered by its policies. But when asked whether Comey had followed these guidelines and consulted with the Public Integrity Section, or with any other department officials, Kevin Lewis, a deputy director of public affairs for the Justice Department, said, “We have no comment on the matter.”

According to the Administration official, Lynch asked Comey to follow Justice Department policies, but he said that he was obliged to break with them because he had promised to inform members of Congress if there were further developments in the case. He also felt that the impending election created a compelling need to inform the public, despite the tradition of acting with added discretion around elections. The Administration official said that Lynch and Justice Department officials are studying the situation, which he called unprecedented.
The left has been out acting like this "60 day rule" is something sacrosanct with a rich history, it's not, and similar has happened before.

It's within the realm of possibility this "rule" – if we can even call it that – was put in place by Holder explicitly to try and protect Hillary Clinton for when she inevitably ran. Seeing as how she's the most corrupt, scandal ridden person ever to run for office, having such a policy in place would be quite prudent. Fortunately, Comey – for whatever reason – broke with it. Hopefully, it will not only cost her the election but land her in prison.




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