September 7, 2016: FBI Director Comey defends the timing of the release of the FBI Clinton email investigation’s final report.

On September 6, 2016, House Speaker Paul Ryan complains how the report was release on the Friday afternoon before a three-day weekend.

The next day, FBI Director James Comey writes a letter to FBI staff that is immediately published in full by CNN.  In it, he asserts that the review process allowing the report’s public release was finished on a Friday morning, September 2, 2016,  so he published it later that same day.

He goes on to say, “I almost ordered the material held until [the next] Tuesday because I knew we would take all kinds of grief for releasing it before a holiday weekend, but my judgment was that we had promised transparency and it would be game-playing to withhold it from the public just to avoid folks saying stuff about us. We don’t play games. So we released it Friday. We are continuing to process more material and will release batches of documents as they are ready, no matter the day of the week.” (CNN, 9/7/2016) (CNN, 9/7/2016)