Robert Mueller

The FBI director had a choice in the new Clinton email probe: Follow custom, or go public

The FBI director had a choice in the new Clinton email probe: Follow custom, or go public

Ever since federal agents concluded this summer that they had no case against Hillary Clinton over mishandling classified information, FBI Director James B. Comey has been in a bind.

He could either take the traditional approach of keeping mum or publicly explain his reasoning. A man unafraid of the spotlight, Comey decided then to address the matter head-on, as he did again Friday in telling lawmakers that agents were reviewing newly discovered emails that may be pertinent to the investigation.

Comey, confidants say, wanted to maintain...

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