FBI re­view in­volves thou­sands of newly dis­cov­ered emails

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

WASH­ING­TON (AP): HE FBI will have to comb through thou­sands of newly dis­cov­ered emails for clas­si­fied ma­te­rial in its re­newed ex­am­i­na­tion of the email prac­tises of Hil­lary Clin­ton and her aides, a US of­fi­cial said yes­ter­day. Whether that re­view con­cludes by Elec­tion Day is far from cer­tain.

The tim­ing mat­ters be­cause Don­ald Trump has been as­sail­ing Clin­ton ever more vig­or­ously since FBI Di­rec­tor James Comey re­vealed the ex­is­tence of the emails in a re­mark­able and am­bigu­ous let­ter to Congress last Fri­day. He said agents would take steps to re­view the mes­sages, which were found on a com­puter

Tseized dur­ing an un­re­lated in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­volv­ing the es­tranged hus­band of a Clin­ton aide. An­thony Weiner, the dis­graced for­mer New York con­gress­man, is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated in con­nec­tion with on­line com­mu­ni­ca­tions with a teenage girl. He was sep­a­rated this year from Huma Abe­din, one of Clin­ton’s clos­est ad­vis­ers. It was not im­me­di­ately clear ex­actly how many emails have been re­cov­ered or what sig­nif­i­cance, if any, they might have to Clin­ton. The US of­fi­cial who spoke to the As­so­ci­ated Press said the trove num­bers in the thou­sands and the FBI, which has ob­tained a war­rant to be­gin the re­view, would be fo­cus­ing on those deemed per­ti­nent to its ear­lier Clin­ton email server in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The FBI and Jus­tice De­part­ment closed that in­ves­ti­ga­tion, which looked into whether Clin­ton and her aides had mis­han­dled clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion, without charges in July.

The of­fi­cial who spoke to the AP was not au­tho­rised to dis­cuss an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion by name and spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity.

The fact that an­other cache of emails po­ten­tially im­por­tant to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion has only re­cently been dis­cov­ered raises an im­me­di­ate ques­tion: How could Abe­din have been un­aware of their ex­is­tence?

The an­swer is not yet clear, but it is pos­si­ble that ei­ther she did not know about the emails on the com­puter of her es­tranged hus­band, for­got about them, or for some

other rea­son did not turn them over.


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