The Clinton Emails have become a gift that keeps on giving for her opponents.
Back in July, the FBI had announced that investigations into Hilary Clinton’s private email server in her time as secretary of State had concluded and there was a recommendation of no criminal charges in the matter.
A letter sent to members of Congress on Friday, however, saw FBI director James Comey informing the members that new emails had been discovered in an “unrelated” case. James Comey wrote;
“In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation, … I am writing to inform you that the investigative team briefed me on this yesterday, and I agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information as well as to assess their importance to our investigation.”
The FBI director also added;
“Although the FBI cannot yet assess whether or not this material may be significant and I cannot predict how long it will take to complete this additional work, I believe it is important to update your Committees about our efforts in light of my previous testimony.”
Republican rival Donald Trump whose campaign has been floundering in recent times, after the release of a tape showing him speaking in a vulgar manner about women (scores of women have come out since then to claim that the candidate had sexually assaulted them), immediately jumped on the news.
At a campaign rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, he spoke to a cheering crowd and was full of praise for the FBI for reviewing the decision to close the book on the Clinton emails. He argued that Clinton’s use of a private email server while in office should disqualify her from the presidency.
Hilary Clinton, on her own end, seemed to be blindsided by the news initially; reporters on board a flight she was taking said her staff was unaware of the news before landing in Iowa for a rally. She declined to comment on the news during her speech at Iowa, but later in the evening, she made an official announcement, calling on the FBI to release immediately all information it has on the newly discovered emails.
In her words;
“The American people deserve to get the full and complete facts immediately. It’s imperative that the bureau explain this issue in question, whatever it is, without any delay… I think people a long time ago made up their minds about the emails.”
A Democrat group filed a formal complaint with the Department of Justice against the FBI Director claiming that he was interfering in the Presidential election by the investigation into the Clinton emails. According to them; Mr. Comey is in breach of the Hatch Act, which bars federal employees from political activity.
“It is absolutely absurd that FBI Director Comey would support Donald Trump like this with only 11 days to go before the election,”
It is not yet evident how much this new investigation into the Clinton emails will affect the Clinton campaign but when a reporter had posed the question on whether the investigation would sink her campaign, Mrs. Clinton had simply laughed.