According to FBI Director, James Comey, the FBI has reopened its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state. With 10 days to go before the election this is a very surprising development.
FBI Director James Comey wrote in a letter to top members of Congress Friday that the bureau has “learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation.”
Comey did not detail those emails, saying only that they surfaced “in connection with an unrelated case.”
He told lawmakers the investigative team briefed him on the information a day earlier, “and 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 our investigation.”
He said the FBI could not yet assess whether the new material is significant and he could not predict how long it will take to complete “this additional work.”
In July, Comey and the Department of Justice decided not to pursue charges against Clinton or any of her associates and employees for their email practices.
Since July, James Comey has come under heavy criticism from lawmakers and citizens who claim the investigation was decided before it even began in favor of Hillary Clinton.
“The FBI’s decision to reopen its investigation into Secretary Clinton reinforces what the House Judiciary Committee has been saying for months: the more we learn about Secretary Clinton’s use of a private email server, the clearer it becomes that she and her associates committed wrongdoing and jeopardized national security,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said in a statement.
“Now that the FBI has reopened the matter, it must conduct the investigation with impartiality and thoroughness. The American people deserve no less and no one should be above the law.”
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
Sean Hannity’s Reaction
About time. https://t.co/lbrb7b9jEv
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) October 28, 2016
Find the letter from James Comey Below:
JUST IN: FBI Director informs Congress Hillary Clinton email investigation is back on. pic.twitter.com/2p4iAAYH97
— ABC News (@ABC) October 28, 2016
RNC Statment FBI Reopening FBI Investigation Into Emails
NEW: RNC responds to FBI re-opening investigation into e-mails; says timing of announcement shows "how serious this discovery must be" pic.twitter.com/j8HwurPnai
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) October 28, 2016
Donald J. Trump Statement
“I need to open with a very critical breaking news announcement. The FBI has just sent a letter to Congress informing them that they have discovered new emails pertaining to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s investigation, and they are reopening the case into her criminal and illegal conduct that threatens the security of the United States of America.
“Hillary Clinton’s corruption is on a scale we have never seen before. We must not let her take her criminal scheme into the Oval Office.
“I have great respect for the fact that the FBI and the DOJ are now willing to have the courage to right the horrible mistake that they made. This was a grave miscarriage of justice that the American people fully understand. It is everybody’s hope that it is about to be corrected.” – Donald J. Trump
Governor Branstad Statement on Hillary Clinton’s Visit to Iowa
“I find the Clinton campaign’s comments on Catholic Iowans and Americans deeply troubling. Iowa families and voters are looking for bold leadership on important issues facing this country. We need a president who is focused on the security of this country against Islamic extremists and who is committed to creating jobs in America again.” – Governor Terry Branstad (R-IA)