UPDATE 2 – 10/30, 2:17 p.m. EST: An ABC News/Washington Post poll released Sundays shows 34 percent of likely voters said Friday’s announcement by FBI Director Comey that the agency was reviewing more Clinton emails makes it “less likely” they will vote for the Democratic nominee.
Contrarily, 63 percent of the 480 people asked that question on Friday said the revelation makes “no difference” in how they will vote.
UPDATE – 10/29, 1:34 p.m. EST: Both Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook and Chairman John Podesta criticized FBI Director James Comey on Saturday for Friday’s letter announcing that recently discovered emails from the former Secretary of State were under investigative review.
Specifically, Podesta accused Comey of “providing selective information” to congressional members and both top Clinton campaign officials called the renewed investigation “unprecedented,” being so close to Election Day.
Multiple reports Saturday said Comey reopened Clinton’s private email server case despite the recommendation of Attorney General Loretta Lynch that the FBI end the investigation.
“He is operating independently of the Justice Department,” an anonymous DOJ official told the Washington Post. “And he knows it.”
FBI Director James Comey sent a letter to congressional committee leaders Friday announcing the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server has been reactivated after new emails recently came to the agency’s attention.
In the letter, Comey said a determination will have to be made about whether the newly discovered emails contain classified information and “cannot yet assess whether or no this material may be significant.”
Comey also informed Congress that he learned of the new emails Thursday, which came from an “unrelated case”, were “pertinent to the Clinton investigation,” and “agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps”.
The New York Times reported the “unrelated case” is the FBI’s investigation of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin’s ex-husband, Anthony Weiner, who is embroiled in a texting scandal after sending explicit messages to a 15-year-old in North Carolina. The agency confiscated both Abedin and Weiner’s electronic devices, where law enforcement officials say the new Clinton emails were found.
An anonymous source, also described as a law enforcement official, told the Washington Post that the emails in question are “numerous”.
Republicans bristled at the news, which could hurt Clinton’s election chances. House Speaker Paul Ryan said that reinvigorated probe is “long overdue. . . . (Clinton) was entrusted with some of our nation’s most important secrets, and she betrayed that trust by carelessly mishandling highly classified information.”
“Now that the FBI has reopened the matter, it must conduct the investigation with impartiality and thoroughness,” said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte.
The Clinton campaign had no immediate comment, including the candidate herself who ignored press questions as she exited her plane in Iowa. A top campaign spokesperson only said they had “no idea” about the investigation.
As the news broke Friday on Capitol Hill, the Dow Jones industrial average, a composite stock index of 30 top U.S. public companies, dropped by over 150 points, but has since recovered by about 70 as of 3:45 p.m. EST.
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