After the FBI Director Comey started a political storm on Friday afternoon and took a BIG hit in the media over the weekend?
His bosses at the Justice Department have moved to provide assistance and speed up the look at the Abedin/Weiner emails that could be doubles and could number up to 650,000….
Both Lynch and Comey will find themselves dealing with a incoming Clinton Admin in less than two weeks….
Top Justice Department officials have a new strategy for dealing with their high-wattage clash with FBI Director James Comey over disclosures about the Hillary Clinton email probe: Downplay their disagreement and concentrate instead on pushing the FBI to move quickly to analyze the newly found messages.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates are now seeking a kind of detente with the beleaguered FBI chief after the extraordinary rift between Comey and the Justice Department last week over his plans to tell Congress that unexpected new evidence was under review in the Clinton email inquiry, officials familiar with the episode said.
While Justice officials disclaimed any political motivations in their shift in strategy, the effort to put the investigation on a fast track would be a step toward meeting the demands of top Democrats and the Clinton campaign for more answers in advance of the election.
Lynch and Yates “felt they needed to make clear that they disagreed with Comey’s decision,” one top Justice official said. “But no one is dragging their feet here. The Justice Department is committed to working with the FBI to move the case forward.”
Top prosecutors have echoed that view, telling colleagues that it’s time to put their disputes with Comey in the rear-view mirror and get on with an expeditious review of thousands of emails found on a laptop belonging to Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
Letters the Justice Department sent to angry Democratic lawmakers Monday underscored that approach. Justice Department legislative liaison Peter Kadzik told the senators and House members that the agency “appreciates the concerns” they expressed about the impact of the disclosure on the election, but he never said explicitly that Comey had defied Lynch’s strong advice to follow the usual DOJ practice of avoiding any disclosures close to elections.
Kadzik did say that Justice is working “closely with the FBI” to pursue the inquiry “as expeditiously as possible….