Former Bush Attorney General Alberto Gonzales offered his analysis of FBI Director James Comey‘s decision to alert Congress Friday about new developments in the Hillary Clinton email case, saying on MSNBC Monday that it was contrary to existing protocols.
“It’s certainly unusual,” Gonzales said. “I think we have all heard the term ‘unprecedented’ used an unprecedented number of times, quite honestly.”
“Typically, you don’t talk about an investigation and where you are in an investigation,” he continued. “Of course, that protocol was breached this summer when Director Comey gave his press conference. And granted, these are very unusual circumstances we’re talking about, a presidential candidate.”
“’Unusual,’ but was it wrong?” asked MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle.
Gonzales declined to pass moral or legal judgment.“You know, without more information, I don’t know if I can say that it was wrong.”
“It was probably inconsistent with the protocol, so in that sense, you have to question the decision,” he did say. “The protocols are put in place for a reason, it ensures more consistent decision-making, it ensures you take politics out of the decision-making. So in that sense, you would have to question this decision.”
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