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Earlier today, it was announced that the investigation of Clinton’s emails would be reopened because of new emails. James Comey, director of the FBI, previously recommended that no charges be brought against Secretary Clinton earlier in the year even though her actions were “very careless.” Today, he decided to reopen the case. According to CNN, Clinton was up by 6 points in the polls, but this shocking announcement made 11 days before Election Day may reshape the 2016 Presidential Election, even though several have already cast their vote.
The FBI was investigating Anthony Weiner, the husband to one of Clinton’s top aides, Huma Abedin. Devices were seized from Weiner by the FBI due to alleged explicit text messages he sent to a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina. When the devices were searched, the FBI uncovered new emails that may pertain to the Clinton email investigation.
Because of these findings, Comey emailed Congress today stating, “Due to recent developments, I am writing to supplement my previous testimony,” because of recently discovered emails that are now crucial to the investigation. However, Comey expresses that the FBI cannot yet determine if the new information is significant.
The chairman of the Clinton campaign, John Podesta responded to Comey by stating, “We are confident this will not produce any conclusions different from the one the FBI reached in July.” He also mentioned that there have been special efforts made to sabotage the campaign. Hillary Clinton held a four minute presser to address the issue, stating “I’m confident, whatever they are, will not change the conclusion reached in July.”
Donald Trump, however, was eager to respond to the decision Comey made. During his rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, he told the crowd, “Hillary Clinton’s corruption is on a scale we’ve never seen before. We must not let her take her criminal scheme into the Oval Office.” Paul Ryan, speaker of the House, said that the decision to reopen the case was “long overdue.”
This breaking news even caused commotion within the stock market. Earlier in the day, the market had been up due to the government claiming that the economy had broken out of its recent slum. But after the release of the email from James Comey, the Dow Jones Industrial Average ended at 8.49 points lower today, and Nasdaq lost 25.87 points.