Published: Mon, October 31, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

FBI's October surprise complicates race for Hillary Clinton

FBI's October surprise complicates race for Hillary Clinton

FBI Director James Comey sent a letter to Congress informing them he is re-opening the case into Hillary Clinton's private email server during her time as Secretary of State.

The findings are likely to cause big problems for the Clinton campaign by drawing attention to a problem that Democrats argued had been resolved.

According to published reports, the investigation is being reopened because of emails found on the computer of former Rep. Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

"Here's the insane part; they found out about the emails when investigating illicit messages sent to an underage girl by Anthony Weiner", Colbert marveled.

Among those questions for Goodlatte is Clinton's possible violation of the federal Espionage Act by using a private email server.

FBI Director James Comey previously said the use of the email server was careless.

But on Friday he wrote to congressional leaders to reveal that "in connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation". If you're inclined to be angry with Comey over this, imagine that he had not said something and it emerged after the election that, having testified that the investigation was complete, he authorized additional investigation of a new trove of emails. "I can not predict how long it will take us to complete this additional work".

Hillary Clinton's waltz toward the White House has just been complicated by a bombshell dropped on her path by the Federal Bureau of Investigation - police announced they are examining new emails three months after they cleared her of criminal wrongdoing.

Hillary Clinton, with press secretary Nick Merrill, right, and Director of Communications Jennifer Palmieri, left, aboard her campaign plane on Wednesday, her 69th birthday.

In a statement Friday, Clinton called on the FBI to release more information on the investigation and called into question the timing of the letter's release.

The two congressmen cited four major differences between evidence collected in the FBI investigation of the private email server and Clinton's testimony before a congressional committee in 2015 about the killings of four Americans at the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

"Right now, your guess is as good as mine", she said.

Yes. Federal authorities began investigating the former NY congressman in late September after an online news outlet,, published an interview with a 15-year-old North Carolina girl who said she had exchanged sexually explicit messages with him over several months.

"The director has said he does not know if the emails referenced in this letter are significant or not", said Hil, but regardless, she wants the public to have access to them."Therefore it is imperative the bureau explain this issue in question, whatever it is, without delay".

Her rival Donald Trump praised the FBI's decision to investigate during a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire. In July, Comey said there was evidence that Clinton and her staff may have broken laws, but that no reasonable prosecutor would bring charges.

Speaking at a Clinton rally in Florida, President Barack Obama also steered clear of the issue. "The American people deserve to get the full and complete facts immediately", said Hillary after the news broke. "I also think it would be misleading to the American people were we not to supplement the record". This election is far too important to leave Americans guessing and Trump far too risky for voters to give him a second look.

President Barack Obama was set to address a rally later in the day in Florida, one of multiple stops he has planned in the final days of the campaign, with polls showing Democrats leading nationally and in nearly every major swing state.

Paul Ryan, the speaker of the House, repeated his call that the Democratic nominee be barred from briefings involving classified information until the investigation is over.

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