Clin­ton vows to stay course, Trump boosted

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Hil­lary Clin­ton vowed Sun­day that she would not be “knocked off course” in the elec­tion’s fi­nal days, as she sought to push past a new FBI email in­quiry that de­liv­ered a late jolt to her race against Repub­li­can Don­ald Trump.

“I’m not stop­ping now, we’re just get­ting warmed up,” Clin­ton de­clared dur­ing a packed rally with gay and les­bian sup­port­ers in bat­tle­ground Florida. “We’re not go­ing to be dis­tracted, no mat­ter what our op­po­nents throw at us.”

Trump cam­paigned in Las Ve­gas at a casino owned by bil­lion­aire GOP megadonor Shel­don Adel­son and ac­cused the Jus­tice Depart­ment, with­out of­fer­ing ev­i­dence, of try­ing to pro­tect Clin­ton fol­low­ing the FBI’s dis­cov­ery of new emails that could be re­lated to its in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Clin­ton’s use of a pri­vate email server.

“Hil­lary has no­body but her­self to blame for her mount­ing le­gal prob­lems,” Trump said dur­ing a rally.

Mean­while, fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tors se­cured a war­rant to ex­am­ine the newly dis­cov­ered emails re­lated to Hil­lary Clin­ton’s pri­vate server, me­dia re­ported on Sun­day, as a prom­i­nent Demo­crat ac­cused FBI Di­rec­tor James Comey of break­ing the law by try­ing to in­flu­ence the elec­tion.

The war­rant will al­low the FBI to ex­am­ine the emails to see if they are rel­e­vant to its probe of the pri­vate email server used for gov­ern­ment work by Clin­ton, the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee, while she was sec­re­tary of state from 2009 to 2013.

Comey came un­der heavy pres­sure from Democrats on Sun­day to quickly pro­vide de­tails of the emails, as Clin­ton al­lies wor­ried the pro­longed con­tro­versy could ex­tend be­yond the Nov 8 elec­tion and cast a shadow over a Clin­ton tran­si­tion if she wins the White House.

Comey’s dis­clo­sure of the email dis­cov­ery in a let­ter to Congress on Fri­day plunged the fi­nal days of the White House race be­tween Clin­ton and Repub­li­can Don­ald Trump into tur­moil.

Se­nate Demo­cratic leader Harry Reid sent a let­ter to Comey on Sun­day sug­gest­ing he vi­o­lated the Hatch Act, which bars the use of a fed­eral gov­ern­ment po­si­tion to in­flu­ence an elec­tion.

“Through your par­ti­san ac­tions, you may have bro­ken the law,” Reid, a se­na­tor from Ne­vada, said in the let­ter to Comey.

Through your par­ti­san ac­tions, you may have bro­ken the law.”

Harry Reid, US Se­nate Mi­nor­ity Leader, in a let­ter to FBI Di­rec­tor James Comey

FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tors in the An­thony Weiner sex­ting probe knew for weeks about the ex­is­tence of newly dis­cov­ered emails po­ten­tially re­lated to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Hil­lary Clin­ton’s pri­vate email server, a law en­force­ment of­fi­cial said Sun­day.

In his let­ter that roiled the White House race, FBI Di­rec­tor James Comey said he was briefed last Thurs­day about that de­vel­op­ment and had agreed that in­ves­ti­ga­tors should take steps to re­view the emails for any clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion.

He alerted Congress on Fri­day that the bureau had found emails in an un­re­lated case that might be rel­e­vant to the Clin­ton in­quiry.

The emails were found on a de­vice that be­longed to Weiner, the es­tranged hus­band of close Clin­ton aide Huma Abe­din.

Clin­ton’s use of a pri­vate email server while sec­re­tary of State has dogged her cam­paign since early last year. In July, Comey rec­om­mended against crim­i­nal pros­e­cu­tion af­ter a months-long in­ves­ti­ga­tion, but re­buked Clin­ton and her aides for be­ing care­less with clas­si­fied ma­te­rial.

Jus­tice Depart­ment of­fi­cials who were ad­vised of the FBI’s in­ten­tion to no­tify Congress about the dis­cov­ery ex­pressed con­cern that the ac­tion would be in­con­sis­tent with depart­ment pro­to­cols de­signed to avoid the ap­pear­ance of in­ter­fer­ence in an elec­tion.

In an ap­par­ent depar­ture from the wishes of top Jus­tice Depart­ment lead­ers, Comey acted in­de­pen­dently when he sent sev­eral mem­bers of Congress a let­ter about the emails on Fri­day, said an of­fi­cial.

It was not im­me­di­ately clear what the emails were about or what sig­nif­i­cance, if any, they car­ried to the email in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Nor was it clear when agents would be able to fully re­view the re­cov­ered emails.

Tim Kaine, Clin­ton’s run­ning mate, said Comey owed it to the pub­lic to be more forth­com­ing about the emails un­der re­view by the FBI with only nine days re­main­ing be­fore the Nov 8 elec­tion. Call­ing Comey’s an­nounce­ment “ex­tremely puz­zling”, Kaine said that if Comey “hasn’t seen the emails, I mean they need to make that com­pletely plain.”

Clin­ton’s cam­paign chair­man, John Podesta, said Comey’s han­dling of the mat­ter was “in­ap­pro­pri­ate”.

Trump cam­paign man­ager Kellyanne Con­way said Comey was in “an im­pos­si­ble spot” when he ac­knowl­edged the FBI was look­ing into the mes­sages. “Had he sat on the in­for­ma­tion, one can ar­gue that he also would be in­ter­fer­ing in the elec­tion,” Con­way said.

CARLO AL­LE­GRI / REUTERS

Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump speaks at a cam­paign rally in Gree­ley, Colorado on Sun­day.

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