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AirTalk election 2016: Debating FBI director’s decision to go public about new Clinton emails, how the fallout impacts the presidential race and what it means down ballot

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Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey speaks at the 2016 Intelligence and National Security Summit in Washington, DC, September 8, 2016. JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images

Seemingly everyone's got an opinion on FBI Director James Comey's Friday  letter to Congress.

He alerted committees to items found that appear to pertain to the earlier probe of Hillary Clinton's email setup. Critics say he should've stayed quiet about the finding, given the impending election. Defenders say he had an impossible choice - stay quiet and risk leaks or get in front of it and tell Congress, as he'd promised he would.

We begin with the search warrant issued yesterday to read the relevant material on former Congressman Anthony Weiner's laptop. Weiner's reportedly being investigated to determine if he had sexually-oriented communication with a minor. He's the estranged husband of Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin. Sources have told multiple news organizations emails of Abedin's were found on Weiner's laptop.

One of the questions is whether some are duplicates of previously unrecovered messages from Clinton's old server. Hillary Clinton’s campaign is asking the FBI to explain Comey’s letter in more detail while Donald Trump’s campaign took the opportunity to say that momentum was swinging in their favor. Furthermore, reactions to Comey’s decision to make the news of the new emails public is raising questions about whether he made the right call in going public with the newly-found emails.

Guests: 

Bre Payton, reporter for The Federalist, a conservative online news magazine

Lawrence (Larry) Rosenthal, Professor of Law, Chapman University and a former federal prosecutor

Ange-Marie Hancock, associate professor of political science and gender studies at USC; she tweets @AngeMarieH

Zachary Courser, Research Director of the Dreier Roundtable and visiting Assistant Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College; he tweets @zcourser

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