Hillary’s camp threw together a press conference in Des Moines to address FBI probe. You can tell she is P*SSED. And scared out of her mind. She doesn’t want this to affect how voters think. Unfortunately for her, it definitely has some people reconsidering her.
In a furious press conference Hillary Clinton has called on the FBI to release whatever information it has about its restarted investigation of her email scandal ‘without delay’.
And she said she did not know ‘what to believe’ regarding what she called ‘rumors’ that the new information came from trusted Aide Huma Abedin’s laptop – a device she reportedly shared with disgraced ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner.
‘We are 11 days out from perhaps the most important election of our lifetimes,’ Clinton told reporters in a surprise press conference.
‘The American people deserve to get the full and complete facts immediately.’
At the end, she was asked about the reports, in the New York Times and other outlets, that her aide Abedin and Weiner had been the source of the new emails.
The FBI is investigating Weiner’s lewd texts with an underage girl, revealed in September by DailyMail.com.
‘We’ve heard these rumors,’ said Clinton – who sat near Abedin on her campaign on the flight to Des Moines.
‘We don’t know what to believe and I’m sure there will be even more rumors. That’s why it is incumbent upon the FBI to tell us what they’re talking about,’ she said.
‘Because right now your guess is as good as mine and I don’t think that’s good enough.’
Clinton gave the press conference inside the choral room of Roosevelt High School in Des Moines – where she held an event meant to stress women’s issues and early vote efforts and where she ignored the growing crisis engulfing her campaign.
But her traveling press was fixated completely on the stunning FBI story, which comes after the bureau sensationally reopened their investigation into her secret server after they discovered email exchanges between her and Abedin on the device.
Asked if she had been contacted by the FBI or whether she was concerned that the new emails would reveal any classified information, Clinton responded to the first part of the question.
‘No – we have not been contacted by anyone. First we knew about it is I assume when you knew about it, when this letter sent to Republican members of the House was released.
‘So we don’t know the facts, which is why we are calling on the FBI to release all the information that it has.’
‘Lets get it out,’ she said.
She observed that FBI director James Comey had said the new information concerning the emails – which allegedly number more than 1,000 in total – may not be significant.
Comey kicked off Friday’s dramatic events after sending a letter to Congress explaining he had launched an investigation into the ‘pertinent’ exchanges to determine if any of the emails contained classified information.
And just 11 days before the election while campaigning in a battleground state, Clinton found herself once again discussing her emails – something that has been a driving narrative of her campaign since March.
Asked about trust issues, she responded: ‘I think people a long time ago made up their minds about the emails. I think that’s factored into what people think, and now they’re choosing a president.’
Immediately after Clinton fielded the first Weiner question, her press aide, Nick Merrill, who also selected the questioners, abruptly cut off the brief press event.
‘Thanks very much everybody,’ Merrill said, escorting Clinton away.
Meanwhile, it was also revealed on Friday that Comey reportedly told bureau staffers in separate memo that he broke custom in telling Congress about the reopening of the investigation because of its political sensitivity.
In the internal memo obtained by Fox News, Comey said the bureau would not ordinarily communicate with the public about its ongoing investigations, but said he felt he needed to do so as amid the looming election.
He also notes he felt an ‘obligation’ to inform lawmakers about the investigation given he had testified repeatedly that their investigation into Clinton’s email was completed.
‘Of course we don’t ordinarily tell Congress about ongoing investigations, but here I feel an obligation to do so given that I testified repeatedly in recent months that our investigation was completed,’ Comey wrote in the memo.
‘I also think it would be misleading to the American people were we not to supplement the record.
‘At the same time, however, given that we do not know the significance of this newly discovered collection of emails, I don’t want to create a misleading impression.
‘In trying to strike that balance, in a brief letter, and in the middle of an election season, there is significant risk of being misunderstood, but I wanted you to hear directly from me about it.’
During Clinton’s press conference on Friday, she did not respond to shouted questions about a variety of topics, including about whether her campaign had done anything to contain itself from Weiner.
Weiner’s reentry into the presidential campaign brought forth an issue that had been an irritant, a curiosity, and then a genuine problem as the lawmaker’s sexting scandal unfolded.
Weiner quit Congress following a sexting scandal, but he and estranged wife Abedin elected to stay together and raise their young son, Jordan.
However, it was another Weiner tabloid bombshell when the New York Post revealed that he had been caught sexting again.
Then, DailyMail.com spoke to a 15-year old girl who showed lewd messages she had received from Weiner.
Clinton’s unexpected press event was an effort to turn up the heat on the FBI – and make the best of a bad situation by motivating base voters to go to the polls.
The campaign had already been worrying about complacency among voters who think the election is over.
Having the campaign appear under attack by a government agency headed by a former Republican could help motivate blasé voters.
The campaign had already released a searing statement from campaign chair John Podesta.
But as media outlets around the country and the world cataloged Clinton’s silence on the stunning development, the campaign concluded it needed to put its candidate forward to face the media.
Clinton questioned the FBI and shared her own lack of knowledge about what was happening, and called on the agency to release what it knows – in effect switching positions with Donald Trump, who has challenged the agency for its handling of the Clinton scandal.
Clinton started the day on Friday having no idea what was to come.
She even sat down for a photo shoot with celebrity photographer Annie Liebovitz. When the shoot was over after a brief period, Clinton’s campaign aides went into a huddle.
That photo shoot was brief. Before her plane landed, its onboard WiFi had failed, Clinton was informed by an aide what had transpired.
She told reporters that she learned about the stunning news at the same time they did.
Clinton was seated near Abedin in the front of her campaign plane throughout the ordeal, who could be spotted on board.
As it turned out, campaign manager Robbie Mook also was on board on Friday.
He briefed reporters on what the campaign thought would be a good story: the ‘Hillary Clinton coalition’ coming together, and the campaign’s brash move into red state Arizona next week.