The FBI will investigate new emails related to the probe of Hillary Clinton's personal email server after discovering "the existence of emails that may be pertinent to the investigation," according to a letter from FBI Director James Comey.
The letter to congressional leaders, initially reported by multiple news organizations, does not specify what is in those emails or what the FBI will investigate, and says they were discovered in an unrelated case. He wrote that the agency would be reviewing the emails to determine whether they include classified information "as well as to assess their importance to our investigation."
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," he added.
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Donald Trump closed out a busy news day Friday with a fireworks display at a rally in battleground Iowa as he hardened his attack on Hillary Clinton amid renewed investigation of her emails.
Trump suggested there was criminal wrongdoing in Clinton's handling of classified information, even though the FBI has given no such indication of the scope or extent of its scrutiny of newly found emails.
"The FBI would have never reopened the case at this time unless it was the most egregious criminal offense," Trump said.
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.