In another surprise move, FBI director James Comey sent a new letter to Congress Sunday stating that he and the agency have not changed their position that Hillary Clinton should not face criminal charges related to her use of private email.
The letter delivered Sunday to Republicans on the House Oversight Committee stated that the FBI “has not changed its conclusions expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton.”
“I write to supplement my October 28, 2016 letter that notified you the FBI would be taking additional investigative steps with respect to former Secretary of State Clinton’s use of a personal email server,” Comey wrote. “Since my letter, the FBI investigative team has been working around the clock to process and review a large volume of emails from a device obtained in connection with an unrelated criminal investigation.”
In July, Comey concluded that “we cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal charges on these facts.”
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The majority of the emails found on a decade-old computer seized in a sexting investigation of Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of Clinton’s aide Huma Abedin, were mostly duplicates of the emails reviewed previously, CNN reported.
At a rally in North Carolina Trump continued to claim that his opponent is guilty of treason. “Mishandling classified information is a crime,” he said.
“Hillary Clinton will be under investigation for a long, long time for her many crimes against our nation, our people, our democracy, likely concluding in a criminal trial,” Trump said in North Carolina. Supporters chanted “lock her up. Lock her up”
Comey faced an onslaught of criticism for apparently insinuating 11 days before Election Day that the Democratic nominee engaged in criminal misconduct with regards to classified information. “The FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation,” and the agency will work to“determine whether they contain classified information.”
Both Democrats and Republicans demanded more information from the FBI director.
“By providing selective information, he’s allowed partisans to distort and exaggerate in order to inflict maximum political damage
In the days following Comey’s original email Clinton’s wide lead on Trump in several battleground states shrank significantly.
“We’re glad this issue is resolved but for the record, this could easily have been learned before 1st letter was sent,” Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon wrote on Twitter.