FBI Director James Comey's decision to write a letter to Republican committee heads about further investigations of Hillary's e-mails is looking worse by the minute.
It all starts with a laptop belonging to Anthony Weiner, which the FBI has because they're investigating allegations that Weiner sexted with a fifteen year old. His now estranged wife, Clinton aide Huma Abedin, shared use of that computer. Because the FBI is interested in looking at Abedin's emails, Comey wrote a letter to several Republican Senators who chair committees that the FBI is investigating e-mails belonging to the Clinton campaign. This has led a whole lot of people to assume that the investigation into Hillary's e-mails has been reopened. It has not.
What kind of evidence did the FBI have when Comey wrote his letter? Not enough to get a warrant to look at Abedin's files on Weiner's laptop, which was already in their possession.
According to the LA Times, the FBI does not expect to find any emails from Hillary or even to Hillary.
Is that the impression the American electorate has as a result of Comey's letter?
A lot of FBI field agents are royally pissed about this. They regard it as unprofessional, because standard operating procedure is not to discuss an ongoing investigation. There's another issue involved, one which could really damage the Bureau's ability to do its job:
This could cause the FBI to be viewed by Democrats as partisan.
Which leads to another issue:
A complaint has been filed with the Department of Justice accusing Comey of violating the Hatch Act. The Hatch Act prohibits federal employees from influencing elections. From what I gather, a separate complaint has been filed with the FBI's Office of Special Counsel, by Richard Painter, the Chief White House Ethics Lawyer for the Bush (43) administration.
The Hatch Act does not specify intent to influence an election, just influencing an election. Comey's action has already affected the polls quite visibly. After all, Comey chose to send the letter eleven days before a Presidential election, when people are already voting. That timing certainly wasn't necessary and it was way inappropriate.
How should I put this in a way Trump supporters can understand?
Comey tried to pull a Debbie Wasserman-Schultz on the country.
Only in his case it's not only in a general election and not only damages the reputation of the FBI for political impartiality (I can't begin to say how dangerous that is),