FBI Director James Comey said that the Bureau is re-opening the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server just 11 days before election day.Comey sent a letter to congress indicating that the FBI had discovered additional emails that were deemed relevant to the investigation and that the FBI’s agents were reviewing them. It is unclear how long the investigation could take or whether the emails contain classified information.https://twitter.com/SpeakerRyan/status/792055432646889472“In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation,” said Comey. “I am writing to inform you that the investigative team briefed me on this yesterday, and I agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation.”https://twitter.com/GOPLeader/status/792070475790880769There is no word yet on what exactly led the FBI to find these emails or how they were discovered.Earlier this year, the FBI found multiple classified emails on her server, which the director of the FBI called “extremely careless” but declined to prosecute for.https://twitter.com/jonallendc/status/792062559054553088The months-long investigation resulted in no charges against Clinton.
Speaker Paul Ryan said in response to the new investigation that the Democratic candidate “has nobody but herself to blame. She was entrusted with some of our nation’s most important secrets, and she betrayed that trust by carelessly mishandling highly classified information.”Others have come to the Clinton’s defense, wondering why the FBI is doing this on such short notice before the election.https://twitter.com/DevlinBarrett/status/792061705958207488https://twitter.com/DevlinBarrett/status/792062046623805440https://twitter.com/DevlinBarrett/status/792062270817787905The previous investigation was seen by many as a political cover-up, especially considering that previous instances of government employees mishandling classified information have resulted in firings and jail time.Whatever the outcome, the Clinton campaign will be sure to have a response to the new investigation. We will continue to update this as new information becomes available.