"You continue to resist calls to inform public of this critical information", Reid said. Reid and other Democrats accused Comey of a "double standard" with regard to the presidential election candidates.
In July, Republicans blasted Comey for describing what they thought were prosecutable offenses but not recommending that Clinton face criminal charges. "Jim Comey did not tell her to use a private server". He said he has not asked the White House to get involved. Some Democrats then were upset that Comey publicly said that Clinton had been "extremely careless" in her handling of classified material, but they defended him when he later appeared before a House investigating committee. "How can you have an effective relationship if every time you are in the same room together this shadow looms?"
"I do not think he has committed a crime", he said.
Podesta told reporters that Huma Abedine, a close aide to Mrs. Clinton has completely and voluntarily complied with the investigation, and that she and her lawyers went through all emails that might possibly be relevant. The risk of that information leaking, either before or after the election, was viewed to be more potentially damaging to government institutions than to acknowledge its existence last Friday.
The action of FBI Director James Comey on Friday about resuming an investigation of Hillary Clinton's emails 11 days from the election resurrects the ghost of J. Edgar Hoover.
Mr Weiner is subject to a separate investigation on suspicion of sending sexually explicit messages to an underage girl.
Federal investigators have since obtained a warrant to search through the tranche of Abedin emails to determine if they have any bearing on the previous Clinton inquiry.
Clinton's team is now plunging into the final full week of campaigning before Election Day on two parallel tracks.
The Post's Matt Zapotosky breaks down the unknowns following the FBI's announcement on October 28 that it will renew its Hillary Clinton email probe.
Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey also slammed Comey's decision, writing an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal. He questioned why Director Comey would do this when senior officials at the FBI advised him to violate long-standing rules and practices to not comment on on-going investigations and not do anything like this that can affect the outcome of an election. That decision followed the disclosure of Lynch's impromptu meeting with former president Bill Clinton aboard her Justice Department aircraft while both were on the tarmac of the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. On Monday, her campaign released a letter from a bipartisan group of former state attorneys general calling the letter "a serious mistake".
"There is a tendency to say, 'Well, Congress is independent, and they have their own independent oversight responsibilities to exercise over the Department of Justice.'". President Obama made it clear he stands with FBI Director James Comey and his recent actions.
In a public letter to Comey, he described the Federal Bureau of Investigation director's actions as "a clear intent to aid one political party over another".
"He's got a very hard job, " Earnest said.
A Reid spokesman, Adam Jentleson, said that Reid "has been briefed by the highest levels of the national security community and is aware that Comey has the information".
The director knew what was coming, the official said.