Al Franken thinks FBI director should face Senate over Clinton emails

Sen. Al Franken thinks FBI director James Comey should face senators over his recent announcements regarding the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.
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Sen. Al Franken thinks FBI director James Comey should face senators over his recent announcements regarding the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.

The Minnesota senator told CNN's Jake Tapper that he thinks the Senate Judiciary Committee will look into Comey's actions, amid accusations he is potentially affecting the outcome of the election.

Comey announced last week that after closing its investigation into Clinton's emails, they are studying a new tranche of emails relating to the case that were discovered on a computer belonging to former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner.

The decision to reveal this, 11 days before the election, came despite the Department of Justice warning the FBI beforehand that doing so was in contravention of regulations that state it should not "take steps that will be viewed as influencing an election."

"I think that there should be hearings, and I'm certain there will be hearings in the Judiciary Committee on this matter," Franken told Tapper on "State of the Union."

"We will have hearings. I'm sure that FBI Director Comey will be before us," he added. "I think he should be able to answer questions about this, and he should be able to control the FBI."

Even though it's been confirmed that the emails found on Weiner's laptop were not sent by Clinton, and there has been no indication so far that the new emails were considered "classified," the announcement that the FBI was studying them has seen momentum shift to Donald Trump in the presidential race.

More concerning than the announcement, Franken said, was comments made by former New York City Mayor (and Trump surrogate) Rudy Giuliani this week that suggested he knew it was coming beforehand.

"Ever more troubling is what we've heard from sort of the rogue elements of the FBI seemingly tipping off former Mayor Giuliani that something was up. I mean, it just seems like -- that's not the FBI," he said.

CNN reports that Giuliani has since denied he was given advance notice of the FBI's review, contrary to the comments he made earlier in the week.

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