Congressional Republicans put out the word Friday that the FBI is reopening its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state. This shocking development comes just eleven days before the general election. FBI Director James Comey announced the news in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning.
“In previous congressional testimony, I referred to the fact that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had completed its investigation of former Secretary Clinton’s personal email server. Due to recent developments, I am writing to supplement my previous testimony,” Comey wrote.
“In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation. I am writing to inform you that the investigative team briefed me on this yesterday, and 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 added.
“Although the FBI cannot yet assess whether or not this material may be significant, and I cannot predict how long it will take us to complete this additional work, I believe it is important to update your Committees about our efforts in light of my previous testimony,” Comey concluded.
Jason Chaffetz, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, immediately tweeted that the case has been reopened:
FBI Dir just informed me, "The FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation." Case reopened
— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) October 28, 2016
House Speaker Paul Ryam put out the following statement:
The information was released “basically without warning,” said MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt, who had just gotten off the phone with a Senate Judiciary Committee Republican spokesman.
“They didn’t know this was coming; the committee hadn’t asked additional questions about Hillary Clinton’s emails,” Hunt said.