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FBI's Comey Opposed Blaming Russia for Hacking, Citing Election Timing: Source

Government insiders are perplexed as to why Comey wouldn't also have election timining concerns with the Huma Abedin email discovery

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    The FBI obtained a warrant to search emails related to the Hillary Clinton private server probe that were discovered on ex-congressman Anthony Weiner's laptop, law enforcement officials confirmed. Clinton touched down in Westchester on Sunday after a weekend of campaigning in Florida. The warrant was obtained the same day that a new ABC News/Washington Post poll puts the candidates just one slim point away from each other. Ida Siegal reports. (Published Monday, Oct. 31, 2016)

    FBI Director James Comey privately argued that it was too close to Election Day for the United States government to name Russia as meddling in the presidential race and ultimately ensured that the FBI's name was not on the document that the U.S. government put out, a former FBI official tells CNBC.

    Comey's position, according to the official, was "if it is said, it shouldn't come from the FBI, which as you'll recall it did not."

    In the end, the Department of Homeland Security and The Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued the statement on Oct. 7, saying "The U.S. intelligence community is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of emails from US persons and institutions," CNBC reported.

    Government insiders are perplexed as to why Comey would have election timing concerns with the Russian disclosure but not with the Huma Abedin email discovery disclosure he made Friday.