Friday, October 28, 2016

October surprise: FBI opens new Clinton email investigation

At The Hill By Katie Bo Williams  -- 

The FBI on Friday said it is assessing new emails "pertinent" to the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, a stunning and unexpected move that comes over a week before the presidential election.

In a letter sent to lawmakers on Friday, FBI Director James Comey said the bureau has learned of the existence of more emails "that appear to be pertinent to the investigation." The messages were found "in connection with an unrelated case," Comey wrote without further explanation.

After being briefed by his team, Comey "agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps" to determine whether the emails "contain classified information, as well as to asses their importance to our investigation."

Comey said he could not predict how long it would take the bureau to assess whether the new emails are "significant," meaning the investigation could hang over Clinton's head through the election. 

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