On Oct. 29, FBI Director James Comey sent a letter to Congress revealing, in vague language, that his agency has discovered new emails that may pertain to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's already-closed email case and that may cause the agency to reopen their investigation. However, though the letter was sent just 11 days before an already contentious election, new sources claim Comey knew about the emails weeks prior.
"In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation," Comey wrote in his letter to Congress, reports ABC News.
The unrelated case is believed to be the continued investigation by the FBI of former Rep. Anthony Weiner. Weiner, a Democrat, is the husband of close Clinton aide Huma Abedin. Weiner is being investigated for sending sexually explicit photos and texts to a 15-year-old girl.
According to The Washington Post, Comey’s letter adds that he believes his team should take “appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails.”
"He might have taken the first step of actually having looked at them before he did this in the middle of a presidential campaign, so close to the voting," John Podesta, campaign chairman for Clinton, told CNN Oct. 30.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, further claims that Comey violated the Hatch Act -- a law that prevents federal employees from interfering with government elections.
“I am writing to inform you that my office has determined that these actions may violate the Hatch Act,” Reid’s letter stated, reports The Atlantic. “Through your partisan actions, you may have broken the law.”
But not all familiar with the case suspect Comey’s decision.
“It’s a step-by-step process,” a senior law enforcement official told The Washington Post. “There are many steps along the way that get you to a place where the director can be appropriately briefed in order to make a decision.”