FBI Reopens Email Case on Hillary Clinton
WASHINGTON, DC – With just over a week before Election Day,â€™s campaign is fighting a political firestorm that appeared to be put out in July.
At the time, the Justice Department closed its criminal investigation into her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.
CBS News reports that, the after new emails were discovered in an unrelated matter.
At issue: Whether there is classified information on those new emails and if the public will even find out before the election.
Correspondent Errol Barnett reported that with early voting in battleground states already underway and only 10 days until the election this latest move by the FBI has Clinton and her aides on defense.
They are in the dark about what these newly uncovered emails could reveal.
â€œWe are calling on the FBI to release all the information that it has,â€ Clinton said during an emergency press conference late Friday, hours after learning of a political earthquake rocking her campaign. â€œThey need to share whatever facts they claim to have with the American people, and thatâ€™s what I expect to happen.â€
Clinton was responding to the FBI investigation into her use of a private email server, something she thought was settled.
Back in July, FBI Director James Comey took the unprecedented step of publicly announcing an end to the yearlong investigation.
â€œOur judgement is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case,â€ Comey said at the time.
No charges were brought. Still, Comey described Clintonâ€™s handling of classified information as â€œextremely careless.â€
But he stunned Washington Friday, when he sent a letter to Congress acknowledging new emails â€œpertinentâ€ to the Clinton investigation had been discovered, all while working on â€œan unrelated case,â€ and they would be reviewed to â€œdetermine to whether they contain classified information.â€
In a more surprising twist, the unearthed emails were from the FBIâ€™s investigation into disgraced Congressman.
Weiner stands accused of sending sexually explicit messages to a 15-year-old and is married to longtime Clinton aide, despite their public separation last month.
Sources told CBS News the new trove of potentially thousands of emails was found on a confiscated laptop shared by Wiener and Abedin.
When asked about that possibility, Clinton called them rumors.
â€œWe donâ€™t know what to believe,â€ Clinton said, â€œand Iâ€™m sure there will be even more rumors. Thatâ€™s why it is incumbent upon the FBI to tell us what theyâ€™re talking about.â€
In an internal FBI memo, Comey explained he felt obliged to update Congress because he repeatedly said the case was over in his recent testimony there. This, he wrote, supplements the record even though the timing leaves him open to being misunderstood.
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