It was learned that Comey was briefed about the new records regarding Anthony Weiner and a 15-year-old girl on Thursday. It isn't clear if he read the evidentiary information.
According to the report, Comey told the bureau that he broke with custom whereby under normal circumstances the FBI would not reveal the reopening of a case to the public but because Clinton is seeking the presidency on November 8th, he felt obligated to let the cat out of the garbage bag in spite of the political sensitivity.
"Of course we don't ordinarily tell Congress about ongoing investigations, but here I feel obligation to do so given that I testified repeatedly in recent months that our investigation was completed," Comey's memo said. "I also think it would be misleading to the American people were we not to supplement the record.
"At the same time, however, given that we do not know the significance of this newly discovered collection of emails, I don't want to create a misleading impression," the letter continued. "In trying to strike that balance, in a brief letter, and in the middle of an election season, there is significant risk of being misunderstood, but I wanted you to hear directly from me about it."
In other words, Comey is probably just covering his butt after the blowback from the bureau and the Justice Department, as well as public opinion. It was unanimous among those who were part of the investigation that Clinton should have been indicted, and Comey wants to save his reputation.
However, nobody will be surprised if this turns out to simply be an exercise in futility and bull droppings and Comey gets to feel absolved while Hillary gets to smirk at us as she is sworn in on January 20, 2017.
I hope I'm wrong.
Interestingly, Clinton announced that the Comey revelation was only told to Congressional Republicans but guess what. She lied--can you believe that? The letter went out to both sides of the aisle.