What is the Hatch Act, and what does it have to do with James Comey?

The Hatch Act, a relatively obscure law governing political engagement by federal employees, has people clucking this week, amid controversy over FBI director James Comey’s letter to lawmakers about potential new evidence in Hillary Clinton’s email scandal. Some say Comey may have violated the Hatch Act. Others have countered that it’s impossible if President Barack Obama can hit the campaign trail for Hillary Clinton. What’s going on here? Let’s start with some background. The Comey letter On Oct. 28, Comey sent a letter to members of Congress saying that the agency would look into a potential new trove of Hillary … >>More
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