Hillary Clinton email probe reopened by FBI after new emails found
The FBI has re-opened the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a personal email server while she was secretary of state following the discovery of new emails.
In a letter sent to members of Congress on Friday, FBI director James Comey said new emails had been discovered in an “unrelated” case.
The New York Times reports the new emails come from devices owned by Anthony Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin, a Clinton aide.
“In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation,” Comey wrote.
“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.”
Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia), chair of the House Judiciary Committee, welcomed the decision to reopen the case.
“Now that the FBI has reopened the matter, it must conduct the investigation with impartiality and thoroughness...the American people deserve no less and no one should be above the law,” he said in a statement.
House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said the move was “long overdue” and renewed his call for intelligence officials to stop giving Clinton classified briefing typically given to presidential candidates.
“Hillary Clinton has nobody but herself to blame. She was entrusted with some of our nation’s most important secrets, and she betrayed that trust by carelessly mishandling highly classified information.
This decision, long overdue, is the result of her reckless use of a private email server, and her refusal to be forthcoming with federal investigators. I renew my call for the Director of National Intelligence to suspend all classified briefings for Secretary Clinton until this matter is fully resolved," Ryan said in a statement .
Mrs Clinton's opponent in the race for the White House, Donald Trump, praised the FBI's decision.
The Republican nominee said on Friday that "perhaps finally justice will be served".
He was addressing a roaring crowd in Manchester, New Hampshire shortly after news broke of the FBI decision.
Mr Trump said that "Clinton's corruption is on a scale we have never seen before" and said that "we must not let her take her criminal scheme into the Oval Office".
Trump said he had "great respect" for the FBI's decision. Trump supporters chanted: "Lock her up. Lock her up."
Trump had previously been very critical of the FBI and Department of Justice for the earlier decision not to bring charges against the Democratic nominee.
Clinton's campaign did not immediately respond. Her vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine gave little away when asked about the new probe. Mr Kaine said he has "got to read a little more".
Mr Kaine was responding to a reporter's question while at an early voting site in Tallahassee, Florida.
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The FBI has already found the Democratic candidate had classified information on a private email server.
Comey said at the time that Clinton's email practices were "extremely careless" but he would not be recommending charges.
In July a statement he said: "Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information."
"Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case. "
"To be clear, this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences. To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions. But that is not what we are deciding now."
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