Federal Bureau of Investigation to Review New Emails From Hillary Clinton's Private Server
Oct 29 2016 by Francis Osborne
These new emails were found in a separate investigation into Anthony Weiner's online interactions with an underage girl.
Trump was holding rallies in Iowa as well as in another closely contested swing state, New Hampshire, and in ME, where his campaign sees a chance to grab one of four electoral votes. Abedin is a longtime Clinton aide who now is a top official on her campaign team.
Comey's announcement could turn out to be even more significant as polls indicate Clinton's lead over Trump is narrowing.
Comey couldn't guarantee that the latest investigation would be finished before Election Day and was also unable to disclose where the new emails came from or who sent them. The investigation appeared to have been closed in the summer when the government elected not to prosecute her for potential mishandling of classified information, although Comey said she was "extremely careless" with her email practices.
Clinton, in a brief statement to reporters Friday evening, noted: "The director himself has said he doesn't know whether the emails referenced in his letter are significant or not". "This decision, long overdue, is the result of her reckless use of a private email server, and her refusal to be forthcoming with federal investigators". Now, Clinton will be placed back on the defensive and forced to confront yet again questions about her trustworthiness.
As Clinton and her campaign have been pounded by allegations and embarrassing revelations related to the hacked emails, they've largely avoided engaging in the details. Instead, they've focused on blaming the Russians. In fact, her campaign announced plans to hold a rally in Arizona next Wednesday, a traditionally red state put in play by Trump's deep unpopularity among minority voters, Mormons and business leaders.
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Feingold campaign spokesman Michael Tyler said in an email to The Associated Press that that it's important to give the Federal Bureau of Investigation time to conduct its probe. Records show the NY billionaire also contributed at least $4,300 to former Rep. Weiner's Democratic campaigns.
To the frustration of many in his party, Trump has struggled to consistently drive an attack against Clinton, often turning to personal denunciations of private citizens he feels have wronged him, like the Gold Star family of Captain Humayun Khan, a Muslim-American soldier killed in action.
After weeks of declaring the race "rigged" in favor of his opponent, he declared Friday he has "great respect" for the FBI and the Department of Justice, now that they are "willing to have the courage to right the terrible mistake that they made" in concluding the investigation earlier.
Clinton's campaign learned of the news while they were aboard a flight to Iowa. "If the Clintons were willing to play this fast and loose with their enterprise when they weren't in the White House, just imagine what they'll do in the Oval Office".
"It's kind of an incredible thing", Mattingly said.