By MICHELLE MARCHANTE
Just days before the Nov. 8 elections, the FBI has decided to reopen the case surrounding Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her private email server scandal.
FBI Director James Comey wrote a letter to Congress stating that the FBI would once again investigate Clinton’s emails as a new unrelated case has unearthed emails that appear to be “pertinent” to their investigation.
The new emails were discovered on a computer belonging to Anthony D. Weiner, the estranged husband of Clinton’s controversial top aide, Huma Abedin.
Weiner, according to The New York Times, was under investigation for sexting with a 15-year old girl in North Carolina, when law enforcement officials came across emails that were part of Clinton’s private server.
As of this moment, the emails are not related to WikiLeaks, the Clinton Foundation and do not appear to be emails that Clinton herself wrote but emails that Abedin received and wrote in the computer she shared with Weiner.
Investigators, Comey said, will begin to review these newly discovered emails to determine if they contained any classified information and to decide if they were of any importance to the FBI’s previous investigation on Clinton. Comey also states they he doesn’t know how long this new investigation will take or whether or not they will find the emails to be significant to their former investigation.
The news broke just shortly before Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump was scheduled to speak at his Manchester, New Hampshire rally.
“The FBI has just sent a letter to Congress informing them that they have discovered new emails pertaining to the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s investigation,” Trump said. “And they are reopening the case into her criminal and illegal conduct that threatens the security of the United States of America.”
Clinton’s corruption, Trump said, is on a scale that has “never been seen before” and he now has respect for the FBI and Justice Department to have the “courage and heart” to reopen the investigation and admit “the mistake that they made,” for not finding Clinton guilty before.
Back in July, Comey ended the year-long investigation into Clinton’s private server, recommending that the Department of Justice not charge Clinton for using her personal email server, even though there was evidence of “potential violations of the statutes” regarding handling classified material.
RealClearPolitics also reports that Clinton was unaware about the reopened investigation until her campaign plane landed in Iowa because the plane didn’t have wi-fi.
“I had one advisor tell me, ‘we’re learning about that at the same time you guys are.’ They didn’t have advanced notice of this, they seem similarly stunned and we saw them huddling…” CNN’s Phil Mattingly said to CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer.
According to Mattingly, Clinton, her Campaign Manager Robby Mook, her Communications Director Jen Palmieri and Abedin had not yet deplaned during the time of his interview because they were trying to formulate a response to the unexpected news.
Clinton didn’t comment about the investigation until her campaign created a surprised press conference and said she was confident that these new emails wouldn’t change the decision that was made in July but that the FBI had to explain why they announced this new investigation publicly.
“[I]t’s imperative that the Bureau explains this issue, whatever it is, without any delay,” Clinton said.
According to CNN, it’s a longstanding practice of the Justice Department and the FBI to not comment publicly about “politically sensitive investigations” within 60 days of an election.
“We don’t ordinarily tell Congress about ongoing investigations,” Comey said in a letter to FBI employees. “[B]ut here I feel an obligation to do so given that I testified repeatedly in recent months that our investigation was completed.”
Clinton and her top campaign aides have attacked Comey throughout the weekend, claiming that his announcement is not just “unprecedented” and “deeply troubling” but that he’s providing “selective information” by entering political territory, referencing his known Republican status.
Their cries of outrage match those of Republicans when Comey decided not to press criminal charges against Clinton back in July.
Back then Clinton press secretary Brian Fallon, Fox6Now reports, even defended Comey against Republicans who were mad at his decision, claiming that it made the House Republicans look bad for second-guessing a “career prosecutor who is a registered Republican, No. 2 official at the Justice Department under George Bush and was even deputy council on the committee investigating the Clintons in the 1990s.”
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan tweeted out a defense for Comey, saying that Clinton has “nobody but herself to blame” for refusing to be truthful with federal investigators and being “reckless” enough to even use a private email server.
BREAKING NEWS → The FBI is reopening its investigation into Secretary Hillary Clinton.
My full statement ⇩ pic.twitter.com/LHfyg46dWk
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) October 28, 2016
Comey addressed the political concerns of his decision in the letter to his FBI employees saying that by not allowing the American people to know about this new development, the FBI would be misleading them.
MICHELLE MARCHANTE is a guest contributor for The Buzz Insider and the Opinion Director at FIUSM. She is a writer, reader and filmmaking enthusiast. Currently, she is studying to get her degree in Broadcast Journalism and is also working on her second novel. Connect with her on Twitter @TweetMichelleM
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