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In scathing column, former Clinton campaign chair John Podesta slams 'broken' FBI

The events of the presidential election have left former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta convinced that "something is deeply broken at the FBI." In a column published late Thursday in The Washington Post, Podesta puzzled over why the FBI would devote so much time and energy to an "overblown email scandal" — referring to the investigation of Clinton's use of a private email server — and so little to "the very real Russian plot to subvert a national election":

What takes this from baffling to downright infuriating is that at nearly the exact same time that no one at the FBI could be bothered to drive 10 minutes to raise the alarm at DNC headquarters, two agents accompanied by attorneys from the Justice Department were in Denver visiting a tech firm that had helped maintain Clinton's email server.

This trip was part of what FBI Director James B. Comey described as a "painstaking" investigation of Clinton's emails, "requiring thousands of hours of effort" from dozens of agents who conducted at least 80 interviews and reviewed thousands of pages of documents. Of course, as Comey himself concluded, in the end, there was no case; it was not even a close call. [John Podesta, via The Washington Post]

That certainly doesn't seem to be the case with Russia, Podesta writes. While "the election is over and the damage is done," Podesta says the Obama administration, Congress, and the FBI all certainly still have their work cut out for them with regard to the Russian cyberattack threat.

Read Podesta's full take on what should happen now over at The Washington Post.