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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Rasmussen Minute: Comey in the Crosshairs

He's one of the most powerful behind-the-scenes players in Washington, D.C., but has been unusually visible in the public and political eye since last summer. In July after months of investigation, he told the public that there wasn’t enough evidence in the unfolding State Department e-mail scandal to seek an indictment of Hillary Clinton, thrilling Democrats and enraging Republicans. Then days before the election he briefly reopened the e-mail probe, although he again decided not to seek an indictment. GOP voters were ecstatic, but Democrats blamed Clinton’s surprise loss in part on his action and the timing.

Yesterday he appeared on Capitol Hill to update the House Intelligence Committee on the investigations into allegations that Russia hacked the 2016 U.S. presidential election, that former President Obama wiretapped candidate Trump’s campaign and that Trump’s team colluded with the Russians. Also at issue was the recent rash of classified leaks intended to wound the new president. Democrats were happy with what they heard; Republicans less so.

He is FBI Director James Comey, the man – and the agency - in the crosshairs of this week's Rasmussen Minute.