The FBI reopened its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private server after new emails were discovered during the FBI’s probe of Anthony Weiner’s sexting, federal law enforcement officials said Friday. The new Clinton emails that were obtained through the Weiner sexting probe may have classified information, according to an FBI source. The converging of the two toxic scandals — EmailGate and WeinerGate — can only be described as a nightmare scenario for the Clinton campaign just eleven days before the election.
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) October 28, 2016
This morning, FBI Director James Comey informed top members of Congress in a letter that the bureau has “learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation.”
Now, according to Fox News, an FBI source has confirmed that “the new emails were discovered after the bureau seized devices belonging to disgraced Rep. Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin, a top Clinton aide who recently announced she was separating from the former congressman.”
An FBI task force began investigating texts Weiner sent to a 15-year-old girl in September, the New York Times reported.
Via Fox News:
As Donald Trump and congressional Republicans seized on the FBI’s decision, interim Democratic Party leader Donna Brazile simply tweeted, “Good grief,” after the news of the Anthony Weiner connection broke. The Clinton campaign called the decision to revisit the case so close to the election “extraordinary,” and urged Comey to provide more details.
Trump, speaking to cheering supporters Friday afternoon in Manchester, N.H., praised the FBI for having the “courage” to “right the horrible mistake that they made” – saying he hopes that is “corrected.”
“Hillary Clinton’s corruption is on a scale we have never seen before,” Trump said. “We must not let her take her criminal scheme into the Oval Office.”
In a nod to the significance of the FBI’s announcement, Trump quipped: “The rest of my speech is going to be so boring.”
Trump should have given himself credit for predicting this two weeks ago:
Other GOP lawmakers also weighed in:
“The FBI’s decision to reopen its investigation into Secretary Clinton reinforces what the House Judiciary Committee has been saying for months: the more we learn about Secretary Clinton’s use of a private email server, the clearer it becomes that she and her associates committed wrongdoing and jeopardized national security,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said in a statement.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said the discovery must be “serious” for the bureau to investigate this close to the election.
Clinton did not respond to questions from reporters about the development as she landed in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and did not address the matter while speaking to supporters in the same city.
But Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta sharply questioned the FBI’s move and said Comey should “immediately provide” more information.
“Upon completing this investigation more than three months ago, FBI Director Comey declared no reasonable prosecutor would move forward with a case like this and added that it was not even a close call. In the months since, Donald Trump and his Republican allies have been baselessly second-guessing the FBI and, in both public and private, browbeating the career officials there to revisit their conclusion in a desperate attempt to harm Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign,” he said in a statement.
Podesta said “we have no idea what those emails [that have come to light] are and the Director himself notes they may not even be significant.”
According to Fox News’s sources, the FBI has four devices – one belonging to Abedin, and at least one that belongs to Weiner.
Meanwhile, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told RT News Friday that his next leak “will provide enough evidence to see Hillary Clinton arrested.”