Former attorney general Eric Holder in a new op-ed criticizes FBI Director James Comey for sending a letter last week to lawmakers about the bureau’s decision to review new emails “pertinent” to the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private server.
Holder wrote in The Washington Post that he is “deeply concerned” with Comey’s decision to send such a “vague letter to Congress about emails potentially connected to a matter of public, and political, interest.”
“That decision was incorrect,” Holder wrote.
“It violated long-standing Justice Department policies and tradition. And it ran counter to guidance that I put in place four years ago laying out the proper way to conduct investigations during an election season.”
Holder explained the agency does not normally comment on ongoing investigations. It also has a policy to not take “unnecessary action” close to Election Day that has the potential to influence the outcome of an election.
“These rules have been followed during Republican and Democratic administrations,” Holder wrote.
“They aren’t designed to help any particular individual or to serve any political interest,” he continued, insisting these policies are meant to ensure investigations proceed fairly and are meant to maintain public trust.
Comey, however, did not follow these “fundamental principles,” Holder wrote.
“I fear he has unintentionally and negatively affected public trust in both the Justice Department and the FBI,” Holder wrote.
“And he has allowed — again without improper motive — misinformation to be spread by partisans with less pure intentions.”