FBI may have violated the law, Carney braves the Brexiters, and the Inuit day of the dead

Democrats cite statutes banning law enforcement from intervening in electoral politics

Listen to this article

00:00
00:00

Sign up to receive FirstFT by email here

Senior democrats say FBI director James Comey may have broken the law by announcing details of the bureau’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails just days before the US presidential election. Party grandees say federal statutes banning law enforcement from intervening in electoral politics may have been violated by the FBI announcement.

Harry Reid, the Senate minority leader, also accused Mr Comey of partisanship and said he was failing to make public “explosive information” about Donald Trump’s ties to the Russian government as polls showed the race tightening.

Federal investigators on Sunday obtained a warrant to begin searching the cache of emails belonging to Huma Abedin, a close aide of Mrs Clinton. But it is unclear whether they will have time to finish their work before election day next week.

Meanwhile, the FT’s presidential poll tracker shows that the race remains close, with Hillary Clinton holding a narrow lead of 45 per cent to Mr Trump’s 41.6 per cent in national polls. (FT, NYT).

Keep track of the 2016 presidential race with our daily US politics newsletter. Sign up here.

In the news

GE to create oilfield heavyweight General Electric is to combine its oil and gas business with Baker Hughes, the oilfield services group, to create an oilfield technology behemoth with combined annual revenues of around $32bn and operations in more than 120 countries. (FT)

Carney braves the Brexiters Ardent supporters of Britain’s vote to leave the EU may believe they are on the verge of another victory by forcing the governor of the Bank of England to resign before the end of his term in 2018. But Mr Carney has told friends that he is likely to make a statement this week that he stands ready to serve a full eight-year term as he seeks to tamp down damaging speculation. (FT)

Reprieve for Gordhan South Africa’s state prosecutor has dropped charges against Pravin Gordhan, the finance minister, in the latest twist in a long-running investigation that Mr Gordhan says is politically motivated. The rand gained 1.6 per cent against the dollar on the announcement. (Reuters)

Zika fears deepen in Vietnam. Vietnamese officials have reported the first case of infant microcephaly linked to the Zika virus, a month after Thailand reported the region’s first case. There are fears that incidence of the virus is undereported in Southeast Asia because of fears over tourist revenue. (NAR)

A pirate’s life for Iceland The island nation’s prime minister resigned on Sunday after the anti-establishment Pirate party rode a wave of anger over corruption to win the second-most seats in the country’s general election. (NYT, FT)

It’s a big day for

Ukip Nominations for the party’s second leadership election in three months close on Monday for the role Nigel Farage vacated after the EU referendum and his successor, MEP Diane James, left 18 days later. The three frontrunners — Paul Nuttall, Raheem Kassam and Suzanne Evans — have all said they will seek to secure Mr Farage a seat in the House of Lords if they win. (Telegraph)

Lebanon The country is voting to elect a new head of state after two and a half years without a president. (Reuters)

Keep up with the important business, economic and political stories in the coming days with the FT’s WeekAhead.

Food for thought

Credit Suisse’s eastern promises The bank’s chief, Tidjane Thiam, hopes to manage more Asian fortunes — but is he too optimistic? (FT)

Romance, Saudi style. A Saudi romantic comedy chronicles how young people circumvent the challenges of their conservative society. Unfortunately, Saudis will have to go abroad to see it — public cinemas do not exist in the kingdom. (FT)

Bibi, a Saudi model, played by Fatima al-Banawi, and Barakah, a civil servant, played by Hisham Fageeh, are the stars of Saudi Arabia's first romantic comedy, 'Barakah Meets Barakah' © FT

Triumph of the tabloids? The UK’s tabloid press has gone from strength to strength in recent years, shaping the outcome of the general election in 2015 and the EU referendum last June. Andy Beckett asks whether it can continue to wield such power in an era of social media and declining circulation. (Guardian)

Philly’s leaden shame In Philadelphia, thousands of children, year after year, are newly poisoned by lead at a far higher rate than those in Flint, Michigan. The main culprit for this quiet and chronic scourge is deteriorating lead paint in old homes — and the fix is elusive. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Inuit day of the dead Accounts from the 19th century reveal how Inuit were terrified when they came across their first Europeans, who they described as “devils or spirits” that were “not human”. The men the Inuit encountered were the last survivors of the ill-fated Franklin Expedition. They were probably crazed by desperation and malnutrition. But they refused to eat food left for them by the Inuit and instead fed off each other’s corpses until the last one died. (National Post)

Video of the day

A look at the week ahead The FT’s Daniel Garrahan highlights some of the big stories this week, including Mario Draghi’s five years as president of the European Central Bank, the Bank of Japan’s monetary policy meeting and third-quarter earnings at Shell and BP. (FT)

Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2017. All rights reserved. You may share using our article tools. Please don't copy articles from FT.com and redistribute by email or post to the web.