‘We Don’t Play Games’: FBI’s Comey Defends Decision to Release Clinton Notes Ahead of Holiday Weekend
In an internal memo, FBI Director James Comey defended the bureau’s decision to release notes from its interview with Hillary Clinton regarding the email investigation on the Friday afternoon before Labor Day weekend.
According to the Wednesday note, obtained first by CNN, Comey said the FBI doesn’t “play games” but simply released the report when it was ready.
Comey has been criticized by many Republicans who argued the decision to dump the information ahead of a holiday weekend was politically motivated.
“I almost ordered the material held until Tuesday because I knew we would take all kinds of grief for releasing it before a holiday weekend, but my judgment was that we had promised transparency and it would be game-playing to withhold it from the public just to avoid folks saying stuff about us,” Comey wrote in the memo.
“We don’t play games,” he continued. “So we released it Friday. We are continuing to process more material and will release batches of documents as they are ready, no matter the day of the week.” – READ MORE