Comey Says New Emails Have Not Changed Decision on Charging Clinton
James Comey, the director of the FBI, sent out a new letter Sunday afternoon announcing the new emails discovered in the Hillary Clinton investigation did not change his determination that she shouldn’t be charged:
Dear Messrs. Chairmen:
I write to supplement my October 28. 2016 letter that notified you the FBI would be taking additional investigative steps with respect to former Secretary of State Clinton’s use of a personal email server. Since my letter, the FBI investigative team has been working around the clock to process and review a large volume of emails from a device obtained in connection with an unrelated criminal investigation. During that process, we reviewed all of the communications that were to or from Hillary Clinton while she was Secretary of State.
Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton.
I am very grateful to the professionals at the FBI for doing an extraordinary amount of high-quality work in a short period of time.
James B. Comcy
The new emails, which were not Clinton’s but related to them in some form or fashion, were discovered via the FBI investigation into former congressman Anthony Weiner’s alleged online relationship with an underage girl. His wife Huma Abedin, is a long-time Clinton aide and they shared some electronic devices before separating several months ago. Comey had been criticized for releasing the news about the new emails so soon before the election. Comey’s decision to release this letter comes 2 days before the election
Update: 4:00 p.m. ET: NBC is reporting that “nearly all” of the emails were either duplicates of emails that the FBI already had or personal in nature:
NBC's Pete Williams: FBI review is done; nearly all documents were duplicates or personal pic.twitter.com/xvt4XBTR6O
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) November 6, 2016
Update 4:40 p.n. ET: The Republican National Committee has released a statement through chairman Reince Priebus:
RNC reaction to news FBI is not changing its conclusions after reviewing newly-discovered Clinton emails: pic.twitter.com/W2OjssAPkg
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) November 6, 2016
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan put out a statement as well:
— Don Gonyea NPR (@DonGonyea) November 6, 2016
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