FBI lifts email cloud from Clin­ton’s head

Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE -

CLEVE­LAND (AP): IN AN ex­tra­or­di­nary last-minute twist to a volatile cam­paign, Fed­eral Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (FBI) di­rec­tor James Comey lifted the cloud he had placed over Hillary Clin­ton, say­ing yes­ter­day the bu­reau had found no ev­i­dence in its hur­ried re­view of newly dis­cov­ered emails to war­rant crim­i­nal charges against her.

Comey’s move capped a stun­ning chap­ter in the bit­ter, deeply di­vi­sive con­test be­tween Clin­ton and Re­pub­li­can Don­ald Trump. The di­rec­tor’s ini­tial de­ci­sion to make a re­newed in­quiry into Clin­ton’s emails pub­lic on Oc­to­ber 28 up­ended the cam­paign at a cru­cial mo­ment, sap­ping a surg­ing Clin­ton’s mo­men­tum and giv­ing Trump fresh am­mu­ni­tion to chal­lenge her trust­wor­thi­ness.

Clin­ton’s cam­paign, fu­ri­ous at Comey’s han­dling of the re­view, wel­comed yes­ter­day’s an­nounce­ment.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor Jen­nifer Palmieri told re­porters, “We’re glad this mat­ter is re­solved,” though Clin­ton her­self did not men­tion the is­sue dur­ing a rally in Ohio with bas­ket­ball su­per­star LeBron James.

HILLARY CLIN­TON aimed to hit high notes yes­ter­day in the fi­nal mo­ments of her cam­paign, hop­ing an up­lift­ing mes­sage would wash away vot­ers’ dis­gust with the gru­elling pres­i­den­tial con­test. Don­ald Trump vowed he and his sup­port­ers would never quit, as he charged into un­ex­pected ter­ri­tory.

The can­di­dates em­barked on one of their fi­nal tours of bat­tle­ground states, shift­ing their clos­ing ar­gu­ments to weary vot­ers deeply di­vided along racial, eco­nomic and gen­der lines.

With na­tional polls show­ing her re­tain­ing an edge, Clin­ton en­listed al­lies and Alis­ters for help at stops in Penn­syl­va­nia, Ohio and New Hamp­shire. She planned to cam­paign with Cava­liers star LeBron James in Cleve­land, and rally vot­ers in Manch­ester with Khizr Khan, the Gold Star fa­ther whose in­dict­ment of Trump de­liv­ered emo­tional high point for Democrats.

Trump, mean­while, planned a marathon day on the cam­paign trail, with stops in five states, in­clud­ing Min­ne­sota, Michi­gan and Penn­syl­va­nia – states that have long proved un­friendly ter­ri­tory for Re­pub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates. But buoyed by a late surge of mo­men­tum, Trump de­clared that his loyal, white work­ing-class vot­ers will de­liver an up­set on Tues­day.

SE­CRET WEAPON

“Our se­cret weapon is the Amer­i­can peo­ple who are say­ing ‘Enough is enough’,” vice-pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Mike Pence said on Fox News Sun­day.

Ten­sion ran high in the fi­nal days. Trump was rushed off stage on Satur­day night at a rally in Reno, Ne­vada, af­ter some­one near the stage had shouted “Gun!” ac­cord­ing to the Se­cret Ser­vice. The agency said a search re­vealed no weapon.

Trump re­turned a few min­utes later to re­sume his re­marks and de­clared, “We will never be stopped.”

The Re­pub­li­can can­di­date’s son and top cam­paign ad­viser later retweeted the false ru­mour that the in­ci­dent was an “as­sas­si­na­tion at­tempt”, and a sup­porter at a sub­se­quent rally in Den­ver re­peated the sug­ges­tion.

Asked about the mis­in­for­ma­tion, Trump’s cam­paign man­ager Kellyanne Con­way did not apol­o­gise, but said Trump’s son was act­ing out of worry: “It’s pretty rat­tling to think of what may have hap­pened to your fa­ther. So, I will ex­cuse him for that,” Con­way told CNN yes­ter­day.

The Clin­ton cam­paign says it is fo­cus­ing on se­cur­ing its fire­wall in the West and up­per Mid­west. Pres­i­dent Barack Obama planned to rally in Ann Ar­bor, Michi­gan, to­day, be­fore join­ing Clin­ton for a rally in Philadel­phia that evening.

Crit­i­cal in both states is AfricanAmer­i­can turnout. Black clergy were tak­ing to the pul­pits in a “Souls to the Poll” cam­paign to en­er­gise black vot­ers, af­ter early vote data show some signs of di­min­ished turnout.

Clin­ton cam­paign chair­man John Podesta told NBC’s Meet the Press that the cam­paign be­lieves that if Clin­ton wins Ne­vada and Michi­gan, she “is go­ing to be the next pres­i­dent of the United States”.

Clin­ton faced dark skies, in­tense rain and strong wind in Florida on Satur­day be­fore ap­pear­ing in Penn­syl­va­nia with pop singer Katy Perry. The Demo­cratic nom­i­nee was pre­par­ing to cam­paign on Sun­day with bas­ket­ball su­per­star Lebron James, hav­ing shared the stage Fri­day night with mu­sic diva Bey­oncé and her hip hop mogul hus­band Jay Z.

“Tonight, I want to hear you roar,” a smil­ing Clin­ton said be­fore in­tro­duc­ing Perry for a Satur­day night per­for­mance in Philadel­phia.

Perry, who hugged Clin­ton while wear­ing a purple cape bear­ing the words, “I’m with Madam Pres­i­dent”, shouted, “In three days, let’s make his­tory!”

At least 41 mil­lion Amer­i­cans across 48 states have al­ready cast bal­lots, ac­cord­ing to an As­so­ci­ated Press anal­y­sis. That’s sig­nif­i­cantly more votes four days be­fore elec­tion day than voted early in the 2012.

AP

Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hillary Clin­ton (left), ac­com­pa­nied by LeBron James, takes the stage at a rally at the Cleve­land Pub­lic Au­di­to­rium yes­ter­day.

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