Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has fired back against the FBI's recent announcement that it has found new evidence that could be pertinent to her use of a private email server. The former Secretary of State has assured her supporters that the new development will amount to nothing.
On Oct. 31, Clinton spoke at Kent State University in Ohio. During her stump speech, the Democratic nominee addressed the latest headlines that have threatened to change the momentum of the presidential race just days before the election.
“We are about to enter the final week of this election… But let me start with this: I am sure a lot of you may be asking what this new email story is about,” Clinton began, reports BuzzFeed News.
On Oct. 28, FBI Director James Comey sent a letter to members of Congress announcing that the Bureau had found new emails that could possibly be related to its investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server.
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The FBI had found an email account of Huma Abedin, the Clinton campaign’s vice chair, on the laptop of her estranged husband, former Congressman Anthony Weiner. Weiner was subject of an investigation after it was discovered that he had engaged in inappropriate correspondence with a minor.
Clinton stated that it was fair for voters to wonder “why in the world the FBI would decide to jump into an election with no evidence of any wrongdoing, with just days to go. That is a good question.”
The FBI did not obtain a warrant to read the emails until Oct. 30, two days after Comey announced their existence, and the emails appear not to have been sent or received by Clinton herself.
The FBI director also acted against recommendations of the Department of Justice and bucked precedent by sending the letter, a source told The New Yorker.
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Comey himself acknowledged that his announcement could be misconstrued as a bombshell indictment of Clinton when his official position is that the FBI is unsure if the newly discovered emails will amount to any updates in their investigation.
In a separate letter to his employees, Comey wrote that he thought it would be “misleading to the American people were we not to supplement the record. At the same time, however, given that we don’t know the significance of this newly discovered collection of emails, I don’t want to create a misleading impression.”
Clinton asserted that it was fair for her supporters to be rattled by the new announcement but that she was confident that these emails would not alter the FBI’s original recommendation that no charges be filed in relation to her use of a private server.
“First of all, for those of you who are concerned about my using personal email, I understand, and I’ve said: I’m not making excuses, I’ve said it was a mistake and I regret it,” Clinton continued.
“By all means they should look at them, and I am sure they will reach the same conclusion they did when they looked at my emails for the last year,” Clinton argued.
"There is no case here…," she added. "Now what people are focused on is choosing the next president and commander-in-chief of the United States of America.”
While outside observers may not share Clinton’s confidence that Abedin’s emails will not change the nature of the FBI’s investigation, many unlikely sources have come forward to blast Comey for publicly announcing their existence just days before the election.
Conservative radio show host Glenn Beck called Comey’s announcement unfair and dangerous, The Huffington Post reports.
“This is one of the most irresponsible things to ever happen, if it is indeed true that [Comey] doesn’t have any evidence,” Beck said.
On Oct. 31, the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, penned a letter to Comey chastising him for making a cryptic announcement mere days before the presidential election, CBS News reports.
“Unfortunately, your letter failed to give Congress and the American people enough context to evaluate the significant or full meaning of the disclosure,” Grassley wrote.
The GOP lawmaker concluded that Comey’s announcement was “not fair to Congress, the American people or Secretary Clinton.”