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After the FBI's original decision not to recommend criminal charges against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton over her handling of classified information, many on the Left praised the bureau's director, James Comey, for his decision.

As news broke Friday that the FBI might be taking a second look at Clinton's case after viewing emails "pertinent to [her] investigation" that were found during an "unrelated" probe--which is said to be the investigation of former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.)'s perverse sexting habits, Comey was hit by harsh criticism by some of those who initially praised him.

Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Benghazi Committee and a staunch Clinton supporter, said in July that he was "proud" of Comey for "doing the right thing", calling him the "epitome of... a public servant", according to Politico.

Shortly after the FBI's July decision, President Obama said he would not comment too thoroughly on the topic, but praised Comey for his "exhaustive" investigation.

Sen. Christopher Murphy of Connecticut, also a Clinton supporter, said in July that he "expected" the initial announcement "for a long time": "I'm frankly sorry it took this long to clear her name and hopefully this campaign can return to the issues that really matter to the American people."

House Minority Leader Nancy D. Pelosi (D-Calif.) called Comey a "great man" for his original decision not to suggest charges against Clinton, and an MSNBC editorial said Democrats saw the decision as putting a "spring in Hillary's step".

But, since news of further emails coming to light broke, many Democrats have changed their tune on Comey and the bureau:

Cummings, by contrast, said Friday he was "surprised" by the letter Comey sent to Congress, which said that further pertinent emails had been found on what is apparently Weiner's computer: "I can understand the FBI's concern about being attacked for not keeping Republicans informed of any possible development... but I believe the FBI now has an obligation to make public as much information as possible as soon as possible to eliminate any inaccuracies."

Sen. Dianne Feinstein was similarly critical of the FBI's decision to alert Congress: 

Liberal New York Times columnist Paul Krugman said the FBI should immediately release information on their recent decision:

Krugman's thoughts were echoed by Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta:

Pelosi offered a scathing statement as well:

Former Obama chief of staff David Axelrod, now a commentator, characterized Friday's news as the FBI's version of covering one's behind:

Other Twitter reaction was swift and critical as well:

 

Additionally, Clinton's campaign manager, Robby Mook, apparently deleted nearly his entire Twitter feed.

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