Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his campaign staff blasted the FBI Sunday evening after news broke Director James Comey informed Congress his agency would not recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton over the handling of classified information on a private email server used during her tenure as secretary of state.
The Trump campaign quickly responded to the news as spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway tore into Comey and questioned his competence from the start of the investigation.
“I immediately thought that he’s mishandled the investigation from the beginning,” Conway told MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki.
Ms. Conway then went on to reiterate Clinton’s issues with trustworthiness, and pointed to Comey’s original statement after he ended the first email probe in July.
“Some things haven’t changed at all,” she continued. “What FBI Director Comey said on July 7th under oath to Congress is still the same — that she was reckless and careless in her handling of information.”
Trump himself was scornful of Comey’s conclusion and invoked the idea of a “rigged system”, a favorite motif of his on the campaign trail.
“Right now, she’s being protected by a rigged system,” Trump said at a Sunday night rally in Sterling Heights, Mich.
The Trump campaign has enjoyed climbing poll numbers after Comey announced he was looking into some potential new emails found as a result of the Anthony Weiner investigation. Before the director made his announcement regarding a new inquiry, a Clinton presidency seemed all but guaranteed.
Now, with the conclusion of this second inquiry, and the potential for record breaking Hispanic voter turnout, the Trump campaign is most assuredly angry at Comey’s decision, but also anxious about what it will mean for the election.
[The Hill] [NPR] [Los Angeles Times] [Photo courtesy Damon Winter/New York Times]