New email is­sues spell po­ten­tial trou­ble for Clin­ton

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

MANCH­ESTER, New Hamp­shire (AP):

THE FED­ERAL Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tions (FBI) says it will in­ves­ti­gate whether there is clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion in newly dis­cov­ered emails that ap­pear to be re­lated to its probe of Hil­lary Clin­ton’s email prac­tices, rein­ject­ing one of the most toxic po­lit­i­cal is­sues into the pres­i­den­tial cam­paign less than two weeks be­fore elec­tion day. The new emails came from a sex­ting in­ves­ti­ga­tion of An­thony Weiner, a US of­fi­cial said, speak­ing on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the per­son was not au­tho­rised to com­ment pub­licly. Weiner is the es­tranged hus­band of Huma Abe­din, a long­time Clin­ton aide who now is a top of­fi­cial on her cam­paign team.

Don­ald Trump im­me­di­ately pounced on the turn of events, see­ing an op­por­tu­nity to press the ar­gu­ment he has long tried to make against Clin­ton – that she thinks she is above the law and that she put US se­cu­rity at risk by us­ing her per­sonal email.

The GOP (Repub­li­can) nom­i­nee told cheer­ing sup­port­ers at his first cam­paign rally of the day that he has “great re­spect” for the fact that the FBI and the Depart­ment of Jus­tice are now “willing to have the courage to right the hor­ri­ble mis­take that they made” in con­clud­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion ear­lier.


Trump said of Clin­ton: “We must not let her take her crim­i­nal scheme into the Oval Of­fice. This is big­ger than Water­gate.”

The Fri­day af­ter­noon dis­clo­sure raises the pos­si­bil­ity of the FBI re­open­ing the crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­volv­ing the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee, which the agency said was com­plete in July.

In a let­ter sent on Fri­day to con­gres­sional lead­ers, FBI Di­rec­tor James Comey said that new emails have emerged, prompt­ing the agency to “take ap­pro­pri­ate in­ves­tiga­tive steps” to re­view in­for­ma­tion that flowed through the pri­vate email sever Clin­ton used while serv­ing as sec­re­tary of state.

Clin­ton’s email use has been one of the big­gest vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties in her cam­paign for the White House. Even if she wins, Repub­li­cans have vowed the is­sue will fol­low her, promis­ing con­tin­u­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Clin­ton made no men­tion of the FBI devel­op­ment at a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Fri­day, though she warned her sup­port­ers, “Any­thing can hap­pen” in the cam­paign’s clos­ing days.

She told the crowd that Trump is par­tic­u­larly try­ing to get women, young peo­ple and mi­nori­ties to stay home – “part of his scorched earth cam­paign, the last refuge of a bank­rupt can­di­date”.



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