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Most Voters Approve of FBI Director Comey’s Timing to Reopen Clinton Probe

FBI Director James Comey, left, speaks during a press conference on July 5, 2016, while Hillary Clinton, right, followed by aide Huma Abedin, to her right, at Andrews Air Force Base on July 5, 2016. (Photos: AP)
FBI Director James Comey, left, speaks during a press conference on July 5, 2016, while Hillary Clinton, right, followed by aide Huma Abedin, to her right, at Andrews Air Force Base on July 5, 2016. (Photos: AP)

FBI Director James Comey, left, speaks during a press conference on July 5, 2016, while Hillary Clinton, right, followed by aide Huma Abedin, to her right, at Andrews Air Force Base on July 5, 2016. (Photos: AP)

FBI Director James Comey shook up the presidential race last week when he notified Congress that the Bureau reopened its criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information. In an attempt to handle the political bombshell, Clinton and her Democratic surrogates attacked the FBI director, whom they praised in July when he announced he wouldn’t recommend criminal charges.

Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., even accused Mr. Comey of violating the Hatch Act, which prohibits agents from interfering with political elections. Experts say that’s nonsense, and according to a new Rasmussen Reports survey most voters approve of what he did.

While only 32% of Democrats agreed with Director Comey’s timing of the announcement, a whopping 91% of Republicans and 60% of voters not affiliated with any major party approved.

The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on November 1-2, 2016 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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