Clin­ton calls FBI’s ac­tions ahead of vote ‘deeply trou­bling’

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

DAY­TONA BEACH, Florida (AP): HILLARY CLIN­TON is lash­ing out at the FBI’s han­dling of a new email re­view, lead­ing a cho­rus of Demo­cratic lead­ers who de­clared the bureau’s ac­tions just days be­fore the elec­tion “un­prece­dented” and “deeply trou­bling”. Em­bold­ened Repub­li­can ri­val Don­ald Trump seized on the reignited email con­tro­versy, hop­ing to raise new doubts about Clin­ton’s trust­wor­thi­ness.

Ral­ly­ing sup­port­ers in Florida on Satur­day, Clin­ton pressed FBI Di­rec­tor James Comey to put out the “full and com­plete facts” about the re­view into a cache of re­cently dis­cov­ered emails. Clin­ton back­ers panned Comey’s let­ter to Congress about the new emails as se­verely lack­ing cru­cial de­tails.

“It is pretty strange to put some­thing like that out with such lit­tle in­for­ma­tion right be­fore an elec­tion,” Clin­ton said. She ac­cused Trump of us­ing the is­sue to con­fuse and mis­lead vot­ers in the fi­nal leg of the cam­paign for the Novem­ber 8 elec­tion.

The con­tro­versy over Clin­ton’s email prac­tices at the State Depart­ment has dogged her for more than a year. The for­mer sec­re­tary of state has of­ten been re­luc­tant to weigh in on the mat­ter – and de­fen­sive when she’s been pushed to do so.

But Clin­ton’s ap­proach to this lat­est flare-up is markedly dif­fer­ent, un­der­scor­ing wor­ries that the mat­ter could dam­age her stand­ing with vot­ers in the elec­tion’s fi­nal days. Clin­ton ad­vis­ers have been ral­ly­ing Demo­cratic law­mak­ers and other sup­port­ers to her de­fence, in­clud­ing mem­bers of the Con­gres­sional Black Cau­cus.


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