Clin­ton team con­demns FBI email move

She is con­fi­dent probe won’t change July find­ing, which crit­i­cised but cleared her

The Star (Kenya) - - News -

BBC/ Hil­lary Clin­ton’s pres­i­den­tial cam­paign team has chal­lenged the FBI over its de­ci­sion to brief US law­mak­ers on a new in­quiry into the Demo­cratic can­di­date’s email use.

FBI di­rec­tor James Comey in­formed Congress of the move in a let­ter on Fri­day, 11 days be­fore the elec­tion.

Clin­ton told sup­port­ers the move was “un­prece­dented” and “deeply trou­bling”.

But Repub­li­can op­po­nent Don­ald Trump has praised the bu­reau’s de­ci­sion.

In his let­ter to Congress, Comey said the FBI had learned of fresh emails which might be “per­ti­nent” to its pre­vi­ous in­quiry into the Demo­cratic can­di­date’s use of a pri­vate server when she was sec­re­tary of state in the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Comey has de­fended the move, in­sist­ing that not mak­ing it pub­lic would be “mis­lead­ing” and also risked be­ing “mis­un­der­stood”, given that the FBI does not know the sig­nif­i­cance of the newly found emails.

Speak­ing to sup­port­ers in Florida on Satur­day, Clin­ton said: “It’s not just strange, it’s un­prece­dented. And it is deeply trou­bling be­cause vot­ers de­serve to get full and com­plete facts.

“So we’ve called on Di­rec­tor Comey to ex­plain ev­ery­thing right away, put it all out on the ta­ble.”

Clin­ton has said she is con­fi­dent the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the emails will not change the FBI’s orig­i­nal find­ing in July, which crit­i­cised her but cleared her of any il­le­gal acts.

Comey has been heav­ily crit­i­cised by Clin­ton sup­port­ers - and ac­cord­ing to the New York Times, jus­tice depart­ment of­fi­cials - for his de­ci­sion to make the in­for­ma­tion pub­lic so close to polling day. In a memo he ac­knowl­edged “we do not or­di­nar­ily tell Congress about on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions”.

REUTERS

US Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Hil­lary Clin­ton greets au­di­ence mem­bers at a cam­paign rally in Day­tona Beach, Florida, on Satur­day /

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