Clinton ‘Confident’ Over New FBI Email Probe

 

US Democratic Presidential Nominee, Hilary Clinton
US Democratic Presidential Nominee, Hilary Clinton

Hillary Clinton says she is “confident” a new FBI probe linked to her emails will not change its original finding that she should not be prosecuted.

The Democratic presidential candidate called on the FBI director to explain the new inquiry to the American people.

Americans “deserve to get the full and complete facts immediately,” she said.

The FBI says it has fresh emails which may be “pertinent” to a previous inquiry into her use of a private server when she was secretary of state.

Republican presidential rival Donald Trump said the move was the “biggest political scandal since Watergate”.

The FBI’s announcement was made on Friday, just 11 days before the election.

The latest emails were discovered as part of a separate investigation into the estranged husband of top Clinton aide, Huma Abedin.

Devices belonging to her and Anthony Weiner, a former high-flying congressman, were seized in an investigation into whether he sent sexually explicit emails to a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina.

The discovery of the new emails was revealed by FBI director James Comey in a letter to Congress on Friday.

Comey said while he did not yet know the significance of the findings, the FBI would investigate if any of the emails contained classified information.

Democrat presidential candidate Clinton said she was “confident” the investigation into the emails would not change the FBI’s original finding in July.

The FBI decided she should not be prosecuted for her use of a private email server as secretary of state – a position she held between 2009 and 2013.

“It’s imperative that the bureau explain this issue in question, whatever it is, without any delay,” she told reporters on the campaign trail in Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday.

A senior media adviser on her campaign, James Rubin, told the BBC on Saturday that “when this is all over, this is going to be a gigantic tempest in a teapot”.

He also suggested the FBI decided to send the letter now to prevent it being criticised by the Republicans after the election.

Trump told a crowd of supporters at a rally in Iowa: “It’s everybody’s hope that justice at last can be delivered,” adding that “the FBI would never have reopened this case at this time unless it were a most egregious criminal offence.”

He compared the latest development to that of the 1970s Watergate scandal that engulfed then-Republican President Richard Nixon.

The FBI has already established that Clinton had classified information on a private email server.

In July, Comey said Clinton’s handling of sensitive material during her tenure as secretary of state was “extremely careless”, but cleared her of any criminal wrongdoing.

The revelation that she handled sensitive information while breaking federal rules by running her own email server out of her upstate New York home has dogged her campaign since last year.

Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta criticised the FBI’s “extraordinary” timing.

Opinion polls suggest Clinton is four points ahead of Trump, according to a Real Clear Politics average.




     

     

    Paul Ryan, the highest-ranked elected Republican, called the FBI decision “long overdue”.

    The House of Representatives Speaker renewed his call for the Director of National Intelligence to halt classified briefings for the Democratic candidate.

    “She was entrusted with some of our nation’s most important secrets, and she betrayed that trust by carelessly mishandling highly classified information,” he said.

    The former secretary of state’s private email server was first revealed in March 2015 by the New York Times.

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