Published: Tue, November 08, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Despite "integrity" of FBI, GOP committee chair still pushing Clinton email probe


The FBI investigation of Clinton's emails - and the fact that she used a private server exclusively during her time as secretary of state - has been an anchor around her campaign's neck for the entirety of the presidential race. The director's initial decision to make a renewed inquiry into Clinton's emails public on October 28 upended the campaign at a crucial moment, sapping a surging Clinton's momentum and giving Trump fresh ammunition to challenge her trustworthiness.

The story goes back to 2009, when Hillary Clinton was made Secretary of State - a senior position in the USA government.

It's impossible to know before results are tallied what impact Comey's actions - first raising a vaguely worded red flag, and then lowering it two days from the election - will have on the contest.

Trump, meanwhile, voiced new confidence as he brought his campaign - and his dark visions of a rigged American economic and political system- to Democratic strongholds.

Following up on his letter that set off a firestorm of speculation just two weeks before US voters head to the polls to choose a new president, FBI Director James Comey says the investigative team that analyzed a new trove of emails that were either to or from Hillary Clinton has finished its work - and that the review doesn't change the findings he put forth in July, when he said no charges will be pursued against Clinton. The Trump campaign criticized the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe, suggesting the latest rapid review of a Clinton aide's emails could not have been thorough.

USA stocks surged Monday, putting the market on course to snap a nine-day losing streak.

In a statement to reporters, Clintons communications director Jennifer Palmieri added: We have seen Director Comeys latest letter to the Hill. "You can't review 650,000 new emails in eight days - you just can't do it, folks". Interviews with likely voters were taken before Comey announced his decision.

Dow Jones index futures jumped about 200 points ahead of Monday's opening, apparently in response to FBI Director James Comey's announcement Sunday that a review of new Hillary Clinton emails did not change the FBI's recommendation that she should not face charges.

The new review involved material found on a computer belonging to Anthony Weiner, the disgraced former congressman and estranged husband of Abedin, the Clinton aide. He needed to understand that to say something about Clinton's email investigation so close to the election meant that he had very real concerns about the possibility of a president-elect being indicted.

Comey said in July that while Clinton may have been "extremely careless" in handling classified information, there was no criminal intent and that prosecutors would reach the same decision.

Today's NBC News-Survey Monkey online poll shows Clinton with a six-point lead nationally.

Trump, who has been catching up in recent polls, hitting five states including Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and MI, a blue state he's fighting to turn red.

Clinton will make two stops in Pennsylvania and visit MI before wrapping up with a midnight rally in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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