On Friday, the FBI announced that it is reviewing new emails to determine whether they are connected to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s email server investigation. The media immediately jumped on the story, but it turns out, the newly discovered emails are not for Hillary, and not from her server.
The emails were found on devices belonging to Clinton aide Huma Abedin and former Congressman Anthony Weiner, The New York Times first reported and The Associated Press confirmed that the emails the FBI is investigating did not come from Clinton’s private server.
Weiner has been under federal investigation over allegations that he traded sexually explicit messages with an underage girl. He and Abedin separated in August.
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus released a statement shortly after the FBI’s announcement saying the proximity of Comey’s letter to the November election means the charges must be serious ― even though at that point it was unclear what the agency was investigating.
The Clinton campaign fired back at the director of the FBI Friday for once again digging into the investigation of her private email server, demanding explanations and calling the announcement 11 days before the election “extraordinary.”
John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, said Comey’s Friday announcement was “extraordinary” coming just 11 days from the election.
“FBI Director Comey should immediately provide the American public more information than is contained in the letter he sent to eight Republican committee chairmen. Already, we have seen characterizations that the FBI is ‘reopening’ an investigation but Comey’s words do not match that characterization,” Podesta said in the statement.
Director Comey’s letter refers to emails that have come to light in an unrelated case, but we have no idea what those emails are and the Director himself notes they may not even be significant.”
Clinton has said she turned over 30,000 work-related emails to the State Department, but chose to delete emails that were unrelated to her work. She initially said that she used a private email out of convenience and that it was allowed by State Department rules. She eventually did admit that she made a mistake.
Podesta said that the campaign is confident the FBI will not reach a different decision than it did in July.