Posted: 1:35 pm Friday, October 28th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
In a stunning announcement just eleven days from the November elections, FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers in Congress that new information had come to light related to the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server, and that the FBI would review the material, delighting Republicans who have demanded a broader probe.
BREAKING: FBI notifies Congress it will investigate new emails found in probe of Clinton’s private server.
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) October 28, 2016
“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 in a letter to key lawmakers.
“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 this investigation,” Comey added.
But soon after, the FBI made clear to reporters that none of the new emails had been sent by Hillary Clinton herself, somewhat clouding the story, as evidently the “unrelated case” involved a review of former Congressman Anthony Weiner, who was married to top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
New emails tied to the FBI's Clinton inquiry were discovered during the investigation into Anthony Weiner's sexting https://t.co/FMHEkn03B0
— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 28, 2016
Republicans in the Congress though zeroed in immediately on Clinton.
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) October 28, 2016
FBI Dir just informed me, "The FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation." Case reopened
— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) October 28, 2016
At a campaign rally in New Hampshire, Donald Trump immediately latched on to the news, declaring that it was time for the FBI to reconsider its decision not to pursue criminal charges against Clinton, what he called a “horrible mistake” and a “grave miscarriage of justice.”
Donald Trump responds to news that the FBI is reviewing new emails related to Clinton's time at the State Department https://t.co/zeJqMRHV9b
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) October 28, 2016
“Perhaps finally justice will be served,” Trump said to loud cheers.
But for the Clinton campaign, this was an unnecessary miscue by the FBI Director, as top Clinton aide John Podesta called for the FBI to make more public.
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) October 28, 2016
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.