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Dem Rep Richmond: ‘Long-Standing History of FBI Influencing Elections, Comey ‘Folded’ to GOP Pressure

During an interview on Friday’s “Alan Colmes Show,” on Fox News Radio, Representative Cedric Richmond (D-LA) “[T]here is a long-standing history of the FBI, and other people characterizing what the FBI is doing, to affect elections.” And “I just think the FBI director just folded to unnecessary pressure which gave the Republicans the ability to mischaracterize this, which I think, in itself, should be a crime.”

Richmond said that no one has a problem with what the FBI looks at, but that the problem is that the investigation is being depicted as something it isn’t. Richmond elaborated that he doesn’t believe the FBI is looking into Clinton.

He then stated, “[T]here is a long-standing history of the FBI, and other people characterizing what the FBI is doing, to affect elections.” After citing past examples, Richmond said, “I just don’t think that the FBI should be in the business of trying to affect the race without real concrete evidence. But, even in this case, it is not the FBI saying these things. It is the Republican chairmen who are categorizing this letter as something that it’s not.”

Richmond then questioned Comey’s timing, and later added, “I think he was bowing down to the Republican pressure, and not wanting to go through all of the committee hearings and investigations that — the witch hunts that the Republican Party will put him through, because they just went through a round of doing that to him, and they’re going to do it to him again. And part of this great country we have is, we have the right to stand up for what’s right, and to have the courage to say, I’m not going to fold to pressure. And I just think the FBI director just folded to unnecessary pressure which gave the Republicans the ability to mischaracterize this, which I think, in itself, should be a crime.”

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