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Fox News chief judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano criticized the FBI for announcing the reopening of the probe into Hillary Clinton's alleged mishandling of classified information.

He compared the bureau's current director, James Comey, to famous FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, saying that both showed a "willingness...to inject the Federal Bureau of Investigation into the political process."

"There was absolutely no duty, obligation or right for [Comey] to announce that the Clinton investigation had been opened," he said, adding that, "if they found a treasure trove of information on Anthony Weiner's laptop, they are duty bound" to investigate it, but not to publicize the development.

"The law prohibits the FBI from taking a 'snapshot'...of an investigation and broadcasting it," he told Shepard Smith.

"The FBI doesn't work for the Congress and... is not supposed to be transparent."

Napolitano and Smith also discussed the controversy surrounding the bureau's re-publicizing on Tuesday of 129 pages of documents from the 2001 Marc Rich case.

Rich, a Belgian-born commodities trader who was indicted in the United States for tax evasion, racketeering and violating the Iran embargo, was pardoned by President Bill Clinton on his last day in office.

Current Securities and Exchange Commission chief Mary Jo White led a federal investigation into Clinton's pardon of Rich, partially citing hundreds of thousands of dollars Rich donated to Clinton endeavors.

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