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The role of the Hatch Act in the upcoming election




FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 28.
FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 28.
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Talk is swirling again about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's emails after FBI Director James Comey notified Congress his agency is reviewing new emails that might be linked to Clinton's private server.

Over the weekend, Democratic Senator Harry Reid of Nevada suggested that the latest move by Comey may have been in violation of the Hatch Act.

Alex Cohen checks in with Michael McConnell, director of Stanford Constitutional Law Center and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, on how the Hatch Act may or may not come into play in this election.

The Depression-era law prohibits federal employees from actively engaging in political campaign. McConnell argues that it may not apply in the case of James Comey but it's ultimately up to the attorney general, Comey's boss. 

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