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Lewis Quoted in “Former Pittsburgh Federal Prosecutor, Judge Join Bipartisan Criticism of FBI Director Comey”

On November 1, 2016 by Schnader in Litigation

Joining about 100 former federal prosecutors and Justice Department officials, Hon. Timothy K. Lewis signed a letter expressing dismay at FBI Director James Comey’s recent disclosure about emails pertaining to Hillary Clinton. The letter argued that the release of this information so close to an election is a breach of Justice Department standards:

“[Comey’s] unprecedented decision to publicly comment on evidence in what may be an ongoing inquiry just eleven days before a presidential election leaves us both astonished and perplexed. We cannot recall a prior instance where a senior Justice Department official-Republican or Democrat-has, on the eve of a major election, issued a public statement where the mere disclosure of information may impact the election’s outcome, yet the official acknowledges the information to be examined may not be significant or new.”

Judge Lewis was noted in the article “Former Pittsburgh federal prosecutor, judge join bipartisan criticism of FBI director Comey,” published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on October 31, 2016.

“We should all be deeply concerned when the FBI director inserts himself into the electoral process on the eve of a national election,” he said. “I signed the letter because, wittingly or not, Director Comey has allowed himself to become another potential threat to our imperiled democracy.”