President Obama preached a simple message here on behalf of Hillary Clinton – she’s “really, really qualified” – while ignoring new questions about her private email server raised by the Department of Justice on Friday.
“You don’t want the slacker as your president,” Obama told a stadium filled with 9,000 people, urging residents of this swing state not to “kick back and think we got this thing won.”
“Media stories go up and down,” Obama said, noting at another point, “I know there’s a lot of crazy stuff on TV.”
Hillary Clinton joined calls Friday for the FBI to provide “the full and complete facts” about its investigation into whether newly discovered emails have links to her private email server, and she brushed off questions about the political fallout.
“People, a long time ago, made up their minds about the emails,” she told reporters after an event in Des Moines. “I think that's factored in to what people think.”
Comey told congressional investigators that emails found on a computer used by Clinton aide Huma Abedin and her estranged husband Anthony Weiner were being examined for any evidence that Clinton or her aides mishandled sensitive information while she was secretary of State.
FBI Director James Comey's told congressional leaders in a letter on Friday the bureau is again probing emails that might be related to Hillary Clinton, sending a shock through the presidential race and the stock market with less than two weeks until election day.
Hillary Clinton's campaign is calling on FBI Director James Comey to provide a fuller explanation of new steps the agency is taking in connection to its review of the candidate's use of a private email server.
Chairman John Podesta, in the campaign's first public statement on the matter, called it "extraordinary" that Comey would not be more forthcoming in its explanation of circumstances behind its decision, given that the presidential election is just 11 days away.
"Comey should immediately provide the American public more information than is contained in the letter he sent to eight Republican committee chairmen," he said.
Whether or not the latest FBI review of emails related to Hillary Clinton has any impact on the presidential race, it's a clear benefit to Republicans in tight Senate and House races.
For the last two weeks, Republicans such as Sens. Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania, Richard Burr in North Carolina, Marco Rubio in Florida and Senate hopeful Joe Heck in Nevada have had to fend off repeated questions about Donald Trump.
Friday's news gave them a way to change the subject back to Clinton. They, along with other Republican candidates in tight races, were quick to jump on it.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, seizing on news that the FBI is looking into newly found Hillary Clinton emails, renewed his call to suspend classified briefings to the Democratic presidential nominee.
The intelligence briefings are customary for nominees of the two major political parties.
"Yet again, Hillary Clinton has nobody but herself to blame," Ryan said in a statement. "She was entrusted with some of our nation's most important secrets, and she betrayed that trust by carelessly mishandling highly classified information."