FBI to Review Additional Clinton Emails as Part of Server Probe

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At his blog Lawfare, Brookings Institution senior fellow Benjamin Wittes offers his take on Friday’s news that the FBI is examining new material as part of its probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. 

The “relevance of” the letter sent by FBI director James Comey to lawmakers on Friday “is likely not that explosive new evidence of Clinton criminality has suddenly emerged,” Wittes writes.

He continues:

The New York Times reported Friday that the new emails in the probe of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server “were discovered after the FBI seized electronic devices belonging to Huma Abedin, a top aide to Mrs. Clinton, and her husband, Anthony Weiner.”

The Associated Press had previously reported that the newly discovered emails “did not come from [Clinton’s] private server.”

Meanwhile, Clinton campaign chair John Podesta issued a statement calling on Comey to “immediately provide the American public more information than is contained in the letter 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,” he said. “It is extraordinary that we would see something like this just 11 days out from a presidential election.”

In a letter to lawmakers released Friday afternoon, FBI director James Comey said investigators are reviewing additional emails that “appear to be pertinent” to the agency’s probe of Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server.

The letter sent to eight congressional committee chairmen 11 days before the presidential election reads in part:

Comey said he “cannot predict how long it will take us to complete this additional work.”

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The Guardian reports:

CNN‘s Noah Gray further reported online:

And Pete Williams of NBC offered additional details:

While some questioned the timing of the announcement, Michele Gorman and Matthew Cooper wrote for Newsweek: “The truth is Comey didn’t have a choice.”

They explained:

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump immediately seized on the news while campaigning in New Hampshire, according to the Guardian.

“I have great respect for the fact that the FBI and the Department of Justice are now willing to have the courage to right the horrible mistake that they made,” he said to a cheering crowd. “This was a grave miscarriage of justice that the American people fully understood. And it is everybody’s hope that it is about to be corrected.”

“I’m very proud that the FBI was willing to do this, actually,” he said later.

His campaign manager Kellyanne Conway tweeted:

In July, Comey announced that his department had completed its investigation of Clinton’s use of a private email server and, despite castigating her “extreme carelessness,” recommended that the Department of Justice file no charges against her.

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