FBI: Clin­ton emails not a prob­lem

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

FBI Di­rec­tor James Comey abruptly an­nounced on Sun­day that Hil­lary Clin­ton should not face crim­i­nal charges re­lated to newly dis­cov­ered emails from her ten­ure at the State Depart­ment, lift­ing a cloud of un­cer­tainty that has shad­owed the fi­nal days of her pres­i­den­tial cam­paign.

In a let­ter to con­gres­sional law­mak­ers two days be­fore Elec­tion Day, Comey said the FBI has worked “around the clock to process and re­view a large num­ber of emails” ob­tained from a de­vice be­long­ing to An­thony Weiner, the dis­graced for­mer con­gress­man and es­tranged hus­band of top Clin­ton aide Huma Abe­din.

Comey said the re­view has not changed the bureau’s as­sess­ment from ear­lier this year that Clin­ton should not be pros­e­cuted for her han­dling of clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion at the State Depart­ment.

Clin­ton’s cam­paign wel­comed the FBI an­nounce­ment.

“We’re glad this mat­ter is re­solved,” Jen­nifer Palmieri, Clin­ton’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor, told re­porters trav­el­ing with the cam­paign to Ohio.

Clin­ton was in­fu­ri­ated by Comey’s de­ci­sion to alert Congress late last month that the FBI was re­view­ing new ma­te­ri­als, call­ing it “un­prece­dented” and “deeply trou­bling”. The de­ci­sion shat­tered what had ap­peared to be Clin­ton’s solid grip on the race and em­bold­ened Repub­li­can Don­ald Trump.

Trump landed in Min­nesota for a rally mo­ments after Comey’s an­nounce­ment. He made no direct men­tion of the FBI de­ci­sion and con­tin­ued to in­sist — with­out ev­i­dence — that Clin­ton would be un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion dur­ing her po­ten­tial pres­i­dency.

“She’s pro­tected by a rigged sys­tem,” he said. “She shouldn’t even be al­lowed to run for pres­i­dent.”

The FBI be­gan in­ves­ti­gat­ing the han­dling of clas­si­fied ma­te­rial on Clin­ton’s pri­vate server in New York shortly after she

She’s pro­tected by a rigged sys­tem. She shouldn’t even be al­lowed to run for pres­i­dent.” Don­ald Trump, Repub­li­can Pres­i­den­tial can­di­date

an­nounced her bid in April 2015. Last July, in an ex­tra­or­di­nary public state­ment on an on­go­ing case, Comey an­nounced that he was not rec­om­mend­ing crim­i­nal charges against Clin­ton and called the de­ci­sion “not even a close call”.

But he also de­liv­ered blis­ter­ing crit­i­cism of Clin­ton, call­ing her and her team “ex­tremely care­less” with her han­dling of na­tional se­crets.

Clin­ton had ap­peared to be head­ing for vic­tory be­fore the FBI re­view, but Comey’s an­nounce­ment blunted her mo­men­tum. Since then, na­tional polls and bat­tle­ground states have tight­ened, though Clin­ton still ap­pears to hold an edge over Trump in the cam­paign’s last mo­ments.

Dur­ing re­marks at a black church on Sun­day morn­ing, Clin­ton urged vot­ers to choose “unity over di­vi­sion”. She warned that Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s legacy is on the line, part of her strat­egy to shore up black vot­ers who may be less en­thu­si­as­tic about her than the pres­i­dent.

Trump opened a busy day of cam­paign­ing in Iowa, the bat­tle­ground state where he ap­pears in the strong­est po­si­tion. He also planned to make stops in Min­nesota, Michi­gan and Penn­syl­va­nia, three states that have re­li­ably voted for Democrats in pres­i­den­tial elec­tions, as well as Vir­ginia, a state Clin­ton’s cam­paign be­lieves it has a solid hold on.

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