FBI Reopens Clinton Email Investigation 11 Days Before Election Day
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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.
According to Anthony Zurcher of BBC news, the email situation will not be resolved by the time the polls close on Novermber 8th. Unfortunately, the material Comey provided in his email to Congress was very vague and provides no further information as to what these email contain, how many are under examination, what this means for Hillary Clinton, and when more material will be announced. All that we know is that these emails are not related to WikiLeaks or the Clinton Foundation. Hopefully more information about the emails will be released soon since this could potentially affect the way people vote and potentially affect our national security, depending on the severity of the content in these emails.