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Tim Kaine Compares Comey Letter to Wiretapping of MLK

The Virginia senator compared an investigation into Clinton’s use of a private server to an intimidation campaign against a civil rights icon.

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), the 2016 Democratic nominee for vice president, compared FBI Director Jim Comey’s letter to Congress to the wiretapping of civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr.

Right before the 2016 election, Comey announced to Congress that he was reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s illicit use of a private email server.

“I think [the letter] will go down as probably the lowest moment in the history of the FBI, probably next to the decision of J. Edgar Hoover to wiretap Martin Luther King,” Kaine said.

The FBI, hoping to accuse the Civil Rights movement of being influenced by Communists, used wiretaps to spy on King. Finding no Communist influences, the FBI instead used information gathered on King’s sex life to blackmail him.

Kaine also complained about the supposed double standard that Comey held to both the Trump and Clinton campaigns. The Virginia senator argued that, if Comey announced the investigation into one campaign, he should have announced the investigation into the other.