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Tom DeLay says FBI agents put 'pressure' on Comey to effectively reopen Clinton email case

Former House Majority Leader Tom Delay (R-Texas) (Ben Sklar/Getty Images)

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) has a theory on why FBI Director James Comey last week effectively reopened his agency's investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server.

Appearing on Newsmax TV's "Steve Malzberg Show" Tuesday, DeLay said that, according to his sources within the FBI, Comey only made the decision to reopen the Clinton email case because "almost 100" of his agents threatened to resign if he didn't.

DeLay referred to a statement he made earlier this year in which he said his sources were telling him that the FBI had a "slam-dunk case" against Clinton and that if the Justice Department didn't decide to prosecute the Democratic nominee, they were "coming out."

So when Comey announced in July that "no reasonable prosecutor" would bring such a case, agents were reportedly livid.

"A few weeks ago, almost 100 agents were threatening Comey that they were going to resign, and that kind of pressure is what turned him around. It wasn't Comey or his integrity," DeLay said.

DeLay added that the nearly 100 agents "never stopped working" on the Clinton email case, even after Comey announced there would be no charges.

"It's taken them this long — a few months — to get to this point," DeLay added, referring to new potentially pertinent information found as part of the Anthony Weiner sexting case. "So the investigation, he [Comey] said it was closed, but as far as those FBI agents were concerned, it wasn't closed."

"They knew they had to come up with some new information or some new evidence to get Comey to open up, particularly when he has this kind of pressure coming from his own agents," DeLay said.

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