USA Today: When politics and justice collide: Clinton case echoes Gore probe
Gerald Hebert, executive director of the Campaign Legal Center and a former Justice Department official, said that while there was regular discussion about how to proceed in politically charged cases, department policy was clear: "A federal investigation should not become an issue in an election.''
While Comey's announcement in the Clinton email case may have been extraordinary, Hebert said it was "the right call to make'' regardless of whether it involved a presidential candidate.
"If you know there is going to be no prosecution, there's no violation of the law, are you going to sit on that investigation for months?'' Hebert said. "I don't think so.''