This is huge news! If the FBI finds anything before the election, Hillary could possibly end up in jail. Not too many Americans would be disappointed with that news.
The FBI will investigate whether additional classified material is contained in emails sent using Hillary Clinton’s private email server while she was sectretary of state, FBI director James Comey informed Congressional leaders Friday.
The announcement appears to restart the FBI’s probe of Clinton’s server, which previously ended in July with no charges. The explosive announcement, coming less than two weeks before the presidential election, could reshape a campaign in that Clinton, the Democratic nominee, had been leading in public polls.
In a letter to congressional leaders, Comey said that the FBI had, in connection with an “unrelated case,” recently “learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the Clinton investigation.”
Comey wrote that he had been briefed on the new material Thursday. “I agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation,” he wrote.
An FBI spokesman on Friday declined to elaborate. A Clinton campaign spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Word also began to spread quickly on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers saw the announcement as a potential game-changer for the election.
“A total bombshell,” said Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.), member of the House Homeland Security Committee. King predicted the FBI would not close its inquiry prior to the election, and said he believed Comey wanted the pubic to know of his move regardless of the outcome.
“He wants it all out there,” King said.
On Friday, Comey provided no details about the unrelated case that resulted in the finding of the new emails, though the anti-government secrecy group WikiLeaks has been releasing emails hacked from the account of campaign chairman John Podesta in recent days, including material in which some of Clinton’s closest advisors expressed surprise over her use of the server.
“[D]id you have any idea of the depth of this story?” Podesta asked campaign manager Robbie Mook late on March 2, 2015, the day the New York Times revealed Clinton had exclusively used a private account as secretary.
“Nope,” Mook replied early the next day. “We brought up the existence of emails in [research] this summer but were told that everything was taken care of.”