FBI will re-open investigation into Clinton’s emails, so sike this mess isn’t over
Just when we thought the flurry of political theatrics surrounding the election was slowing to an end, the FBI is re-opening the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server, proving furthermore that there is no rest for the weary public. According to NBC News, as well as the Twitter feed of U.S. Congressman Jason Chaffetz, FBI director James Comey wrote a letter to Congress Friday confirming that the FBI is reopening the Clinton email investigation due to recent discoveries.
As referenced in Comey’s letter, while investigating a completely separate and unrelated case (the details of which are undisclosed), members of the FBI caught wind of additional emails connected to the Clinton server that may contain classified information needed by the bureau. While many of the details are still unfolding, one thing is for sure: the fresh hell fires of this election will not be easily squelched.
Perhaps the most notable part of this debacle is that the FBI already investigated Clinton’s email server earlier this year before officially closing the case in July under the pretense that Clinton and her staff had bad judgement, but there was nothing tantamount to criminal charges. Considering how recently her case closed, it’s hard not to speculate on exactly what is pushing them to reopen the case.
Comey’s letter to Congress remained vague on details, saying:
“In previous congressional testimony, I referred to the fact that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had completed its investigation of former Secretary of State Clinton’s personal email server. Due to recent developments, I am writing to supplement my previous testimony.
In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation. 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.”
Unsurprisingly, after news began to spread that the FBI would re-open its investigation into Clinton’s email server, the Republican candidate Donald Trump addressed the email scandal during a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire. Because the news had broken just minutes before Trump took the stage, he kicked off his rally by telling voters he had a piece of very important news, to which the knowing crowd immediately applauded. He then went on to commend the FBI for re-opening the case and warned voters that they must not let Clinton into office.
Details about the unrelated case that led the FBI to re-open Clinton’s email investigation are still largely withheld, but it will be interesting to see how this development affects both campaigns. To say the least, breaking news like this a week before the election is a deeply vulnerable time for candidate.