Local leaders react to FBIs renewed interest in Hillary Clinton's emails

Posted at 7:41 PM, Oct 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-31 20:41:41-04

There's more anger and angst with FBI Director James Comey.

Both sides of the political aisle are expressing frustration with his renewed interest in Hillary Clinton's emails and his lack of clarity on what, if anything, was found.

"I think he did what he had to do," said former federal prosecutor and 620 WTMJ talk show host Jeff Wagner.

Wager admits the FBI Director's decision to go public about new emails is unprecedented, but said Comey may have felt obligated with congress to come forward about possible new information.

"I guess the first question is though, 'does he really not know what the information is?" Wagner asked. "Obviously you don't know how significant this is, but obviously the information that was given to him raised red flags that, 'hey maybe my testimony needs to be modified.'"

Republican Ron Johnson claims Comey bungled the Clinton email investigation from the very beginning. Johnson sent Comey a letter Friday requesting more information about the new email revelation.

Benson: What do you want him to do between now and election day?

Johnson: We've been trying to get the Justice Department to explain these immunity agreements. What are you doing here? This was not a serious investigation.

Democrat Russ Feingold said he's always respected Comey but said it's important that he be as transparent as possible just days before the election.

"She (Clinton) has admitted she's made mistakes in this area," Feingold said. "Transparency is important from her point of view, she has indicated that and he (Comey) needs to be as transparent and quick as he can to reveal this information."

Jeff Wagner said the policy at the Justice Department is to try to avoid doing things that could influence the outcome of elections.