FBI reopens investigation into Hillary Clinton’s e-mails, by Robert Moore.
The FBI had announced in July that its investigation into the Democrat presidential candidate’s private e-mails server had concluded.
Director James Comey criticised Mrs Clinton as “careless”, but said no charges should be brought.
But in a letter sent to government officials, Mr Comey said new e-mails had been discovered in a different case – and while it does not necessarily mean a reopening of the criminal investigation, it will involve “additional work” by investigation.
Clinton wants a full investigation, meaning there won’t be time to report before the election:
In response, Clinton’s campaign chair John Podesta urged the FBI to “immediately provide the American public more information than is contained in the letter” already sent to Republican committee chairmen.
He added that it was “extraordinary” such a move would be made 11 days before the election.
“The Director owes it to the American people to immediately provide the full details of what he is now examining”, Mr Podesta said.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wasted no time in seizing the opportunity to attack his Democrat rival, claiming her behaviour had been “criminal” and calling it a scandal “bigger than Watergate“.
“They are reopening the case into her criminal and illegal conduct that threatens the security of the United States of America,” he said.
UPDATE: Did Huma Commit Perjury? by John Hinderaker.
Today’s bombshell news, of course, is that the FBI has found a substantial number of emails from Hillary Clinton to Huma Abedin on the computer (desktop, I assume) that Huma shared with her husband, Anthony Weiner. The FBI was examining the computer’s hard drive to investigate whether Weiner had conducted a crime by sexting with an underage girl. Imagine the astonishment of a tech guy at the FBI who found, not only Weiner’s illicit texts, but a trove of emails from Hillary Clinton.
Computer seized in Weiner probe prompts FBI to take new steps in Clinton email inquiry, by Rosalind Helderman.
Newly discovered emails found on a computer seized during an investigation of disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner thrust the controversy over Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server back into the presidential campaign less than two weeks before the election.
Officials said the discovery prompted a surprise announcement Friday by FBI Director James B. Comey that the agency would once again be examining emails related to Clinton’s time as secretary of state.
In a letter to lawmakers, Comey said the FBI would take “appropriate investigative steps” to determine whether the newly discovered emails contain classified information and to assess whether they are relevant to the Clinton server probe. …
Federal officials have been examining sexually suggestive online messages that Weiner allegedly exchanged with a teenage girl. …
The announcement could reshape a presidential race that Clinton, the Democratic nominee, has been leading in most public polls. It was immediately hailed by Republican nominee Donald Trump, who told supporters at a New Hampshire rally that “perhaps, finally, justice will be done.” The crowd responded with pumped fists and chants of “Lock her up! Lock her up!” …
Comey had come under enormous pressure from Republicans for his recommendation to bring no case against Clinton. Trump has repeatedly cited the decision as a sign of corruption endemic to Washington institutions and has promised that, if elected, he would reopen the investigation.
UPDATE: Hillary Weinered is a great headline by Tim Blair. Here’s another, with the “Dickileaks” as bonus:
UPDATE: Everyone’s running out of cliches, and markets lurch on the news.
The fact that it involves emails found on the smart phone of dumb guy Anthony Weiner is just a bonus. As of this afternoon, this crazy election cycle has gone from a reality TV show to a Joe Klein roman a clef novel that no one would believe. Like the Bill Clinton scandals of the 1990s, if you walked into a Hollywood studio pitching this plot, they’d throw you out the door.
One of the interesting things that happened when the FBI news came out earlier today is that the financial markets suddenly lurched. The stock market, which had shown a decent gain after the open this morning, suddenly dropped slightly into negative territory, and the Mexican Peso dropped against the dollar.