Found emails? Clinton aide didn't delete old messages
Oct 30 2016 by Marjorie Miles
On Thursday, investigators briefed Comey on the newly discovered emails, and he agreed that the team working on the Clinton probe should try to review the emails "to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation", Comey said in his letter Friday.
In his Friday letter to congressional leaders, Comey wrote only that new emails have emerged, prompting the agency to "take appropriate investigative steps" to review information that may be pertinent to its previously closed investigation into Clinton private email system. Weiner, a Democrat from NY, is married to Huma Abedin, one of Clinton's most trusted aides, and investigators found what Comey described as "emails that appear to be pertinent" to the Clinton probe on at least one electronic device used by both Weiner and Abedin. "In fact, it's not just unusual, it's unprecedented and it is deeply troubling because voters deserve to get full and complete facts".
"It behooves everyone in a position of official responsibility to do everything he or she possibly can to help maintain stability - while avoiding all avoidable provocations - until the bitter competition between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump runs its ugly course on November 8", the board says in its latest piece.
Mr Weiner, a former U.S. congressman from NY, is the target of an FBI investigation into illicit text messages he is alleged to have sent to a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina.
This lack of information about the newly discovered emails, as well as the timing of Comey's announcement, has drawn scrutiny from former officials. But praise was largely drowned out by criticism, with even some of Mrs Clinton's biggest opponents upset at his sudden re-emergence in what they said was a bungled case.
"First, it seems to have had the miraculous effect of strengthening Mr. Trump's confidence in the American election process", she said.
Just Friday, Donald Trump called the FBI's original decision "a grave miscarriage of justice".
Mook also mentioned a Washington Post report Saturday that said senior Justice Department officials warned the Federal Bureau of Investigation that Comey's decision to notify Congress was not consistent with department protocol. Early voting has been underway for weeks and Clinton, who was campaigning Saturday in Florida, has led in preference polls, both nationally and in key swing states.
This latest controversy over Clinton emails has surfaced in the waning days of a bitter presidential campaign against Republican challenger Donald Trump.
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The FBI announced in July that scores of emails from Clinton's server contained information that was classified at the time it was sent or received.
But on that latter point, Comey in fact said the new trove appeared to be "pertinent" to the Clinton email investigation, without explaining how. Weiner is the estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin; the couple are now separated.
Freedom of Information Act requests from a conservative organization have made many of Clinton's staff's emails sent during her State Department tenure public, and Abedin was involved in numerous exchanges that have drawn scrutiny.
"I think that's factored into what people think", Clinton told reporters in Des Moines on Friday, "and now they're choosing a president". Of North Carolina, she said, "Burr, also in a dead heat in the polls, has continued to support Trump and he may be rewarded for it with an increase in turnout".
Clinton, who is the Democratic nominee for president, has been hounded by questions regarding her use of private email instead of a government account.
"We are 11 days out from perhaps the most important national election of our lifetimes", she said.
"It's everybody's deepest hope that justice at last can be properly delivered".
In the call, Podesta also criticized House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, for characterizing the letter as the FBI reopening the investigation of Clinton's private email server.
"If you were to be in my office in the State Department, I didn't have a computer, I did not do the vast majority of my work on email".