NBC’s Pete Williams: Comey pushed to break DOJ rules by Trump’s claim of rigged election
NBC Justice correspondent and former Justice spokesperson Pete Williams believes James Comey was pushed to take action for fear he’d otherwise be accused by Trump and his supporters of rigging the election.
Williams explained on Sunday that Comey, in part, broke with tradition — just 11 days before the election — because of Trump’s bogus warnings about a “rigged” system.
“They believe that they did the right thing by telling Congress about this development,” Williams said on NBC’s Meet the Press. “And their logic goes something like this, that the fact that the discovery of these emails was going to leak, that if it leaked it would come out in all sorts of different ways and be interpreted in all sorts of different ways and that the best way to handle it was just to get out in front of it.”
“And secondly,” he continued, “they thought that if they waited until after election and then it was discovered that they had found these emails, that would play into this whole scenario about how the system is rigged.”
Williams also pointed out that Comey and the FBI still did not know what was in the emails.
“They don’t know whether they are significant to the question of the email investigation,” he explained.