FBI Director James Comey said in a letter sent to Congress Sunday evening that his agency stands by their original recommendation that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should not be charged in connection to her use of a private email server, effectively ending the renewed investigation and clearing Clinton of criminal wrongdoing for the second time.
“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,” wrote Comey.“Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July,” the letter continued.
With 11 days to until the election, Comey told Congress that the FBI was looking into some potential new emails found on Anthony Weiner’s computer that was sometimes shared with his now estranged wife Huma Abedin, one of Clinton’s top aides.
Most of the emails turned out to be duplicates of ones that the FBI had already reviewed and no new classified information was found.
Although allowing the Clinton campaign to breathe a sigh of relief, some damage has already been done. Because of Comey’s choice to go public with the news initially, Clinton’s poll numbers have taken a massive hit. Her once solid lead has disappeared, and many states that seemed safe Democratic win are now back in play.
Clinton spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri seemed ready to close this tumultuous chapter of the election.
“We have seen Director Comey’s latest letter to the Hill,” Palmieri said. “We are glad to see that he has found, as we were confident he would, that he has confirmed the conclusions he reached in July, and we are glad that this matter is resolved.”
Donald Trump, who had capitalized on the new email probe, dismissed Comey’s decision.
“You can’t review 650,000 new emails in eight days,” Trump said. “You can’t do it, folks. Hillary Clinton is guilty. She knows it, the FBI knows it, the people know it, and now it’s up to the American people to deliver justice at the ballot box on November 8.”
If Trump wins the election, he has promised that the attorney general will appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton. Trump has talked about throwing the Democratic presidential nominee in prison, and chants of “lock her up” are a common occurrence at his rallies. However, legal experts say Clinton’s incarceration is very unlikely.
Although seeming to end any official investigation into Clinton’s emails, subsequent congressional inquires are sure to occur if Democrats win the White House for a third straight term.
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