Clinton email review
30 October, 2016, 12:00 am
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK – The FBI is investigating more emails as part of a probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email system, it said on Friday, in a new twist that could damage the Democratic candidate in the 2016 presidential race.
Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey said in a letter to senior lawmakers that the agency would determine whether the additional emails contained classified information, adding that he did not know “how long it will take us to complete this additional work.”
The announcement came as Mrs Clinton and Republican opponent Donald Trump enter the final stretch of campaigning ahead of the November 8 election. In a news conference late on Friday in Des Moines, Iowa, Mrs Clinton urged Mt Comey to release more details about what the FBI was looking for in the newly discovered emails.
She leads Mr Trump in opinion polls after a bruising campaign in which she has struggled to convince voters that she is trustworthy and honest.
Fresh revelations about her use of email are unlikely to assuage those concerns, and questions around the FBI investigation will now likely dog her in the coming days as she campaigns across battleground states.
The FBI spent about a year investigating Mrs Clinton’s use of the unauthorised server at her home in Chappaqua, New York, while she was US secretary of state after classified government secrets were found in some of her emails.
Mr Comey said in July that while “there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgement is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”