COLUMBUS (WCMH/AP)–Members of the Congressional Black Caucus and several Democratic mayors held a press conference Saturday to ask FBI Director James Comey to release more details about his letter to Congress.
Rep. Gregory Meeks said it’s “unbelievable” Comey, this close to the election, would disclose that the FBI is looking into a new set of emails that appear to be pertinent to the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
He said Comey’s letter was “unusual” and “puzzling”.
“All it does is gives Republicans a new basis of which to attack Hillary Clinton,” said Meeks.
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Meeks and other members of the Caucus are supporting Clinton’s calls for Comey to release more details of the review.
“We don’t have all the information with it, so we’re not going to be distracted,” said Rep. Joyce Beatty. “We want people to be enthusiastic. We don’t want people to be distracted because that’s a form of suppressing the vote.”
Meeks said Comey should not “be the one that tries to sway an election 10 days beforehand.”
“The American people deserve and we want to know in its entirety what the emails are and what are you investigating, so that when we go to the polls on November 8th all of the facts are out there, not just innuendo and trying to hurt someone’s reputation,” said Rep. Meeks.
Voters who came to see former President Bill Clinton speak at the King Arts Complex Saturday afternoon said the news is a little concerning.
“Particularly concerned about the impact on voters,” said voter Pam Kreber. “I’m hoping they don’t decide to just stay home, I mean it’s awful close to election day and if this is causing some frustration I don’t want anyone to throw in the towel. I think we’ve just got to wait for some more information and hang in there, be patient.”
Rep. Beatty said they’re also working hard to get out the vote.
“We’re going to leave here and we’re going to go talk to some young millennials and we’re going to tell them we want you to go to the polls and vote,” she said.
The FBI is looking into whether there was classified information on a device belonging to Anthony Weiner, the disgraced ex-congressman who is separated from longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin. Comey, in his letter to Congress on Friday, said the FBI had recently come upon new emails while pursuing an unrelated case and was reviewing whether they were classified.
Rep. Gregory Meeks, Rep. Joyce Beatty, Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Yvette Clarke, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, Rep. Cedric Richmond, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther, Columbia (S.C.) Mayor Steve Benjamin, former Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, and former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer were among those present, according to an email from the Ohio Democratic Party.
Beatty introduced former President Bill Clinton at a “get out the vote” event at 2 p.m. at King Arts Complex.