On Friday, the FBI announced that they had discovered new emails that were “pertinent” to the recently closed investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. The emails were discovered after the FBI seized the devices of Huma Abedin, a key Clinton-aide, and her husband, Anthony Weiner.
It’s important to note that these devices were not seized in relation to the previous Clinton investigation, but rather, were in relation to Weiner sending sexual messages to a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina. In a letter to Congress, FBI director James B. Comley stressed that the emails were uncovered in an unrelated case.
‘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.’
Regardless of whether or not these emails contain any classified information, the announcement comes at a bad time for the Clinton campaign. Donald Trump has seized on this as an opportunity to hammer his opponent as “corrupt.” At a rally on Friday, he urged his supporters not to let Clinton take her “criminal scheme into the oval office.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 28, 2016
After the FBI decided not to pursue charges against Clinton, Trump attacked the organization as corrupt and incompetent. However, this latest revelation has prompted him to change his tone.
‘I have great respect for the fact that the F.B.I. and the D.O.J. are now willing to have the courage to right the horrible mistake that they made.This was a grave miscarriage of justice that the American people fully understand. It is everybody’s hope that it is about to be corrected.’
The Clinton campaign has not issued any comments regarding the FBI’s announcement. As Clinton arrived in Iowa for a campaign event, she waved at reporters but refused to answer any questions regarding her use of a private email server
Despite Trump’s hopes, it is highly unlikely that the FBI will finish their investigation prior to the election. Even if they do finish it, it’s unlikely that they will find any incriminating evidence against Clinton. However, it is possible that this could sway some undecided voters, so that might be what Trump is really after by hammering home his message of corruption.