Hil­lary Clin­ton fends off FBI email fall­out; polls nar­row

War­rant to search newly found emails ob­tained by FBI

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Hil­lary Clin­ton bat­tled to con­tain re­newed FBI fo­cus on her emails Sun­day as Don­ald Trump blitzed western states in the tight­en­ing race for the White House. Nine days be­fore the vote, the 69-year-old for­mer sec­re­tary of state hit the cam­paign trail hard in the bat­tle­ground state of Florida. Clin­ton blazed through brunch at an Ir­ish pub, an African-Amer­i­can Bap­tist church, a soul food restau­rant, an early vot­ing site and a rally at a gay night­club.

Much of her two-day visit to the Sun­shine State fo­cused on en­cour­ag­ing early vot­ing. Clin­ton says a record 200 mil­lion Amer­i­cans have reg­is­tered to vote, 20 mil­lion of whom have al­ready done so. But her cam­paign was jolted when FBI boss James Comey an­nounced Fri­day that his agents are re­view­ing a newly dis­cov­ered trove of emails, res­ur­rect­ing an is­sue Clin­ton had hoped was be­hind her. The nom­i­nee’s re­sponse has been to hit out at Comey’s move as “deeply trou­bling” and to rally sup­port­ers to get out and vote, turn­ing the ta­bles on Trump by brand­ing him as un­fit to lead the na­tion.

“When you’re knocked down, what mat­ters is whether you get up again,” she told a packed LGBT rally at a gay night­club in Wil­ton Manors, just out­side Fort Laud­erdale. “With Don­ald, it’s al­ways Don­ald Trump first and ev­ery­one else last. He abuses his power, he games the sys­tem and doesn’t care who is left hold­ing the bag,” she added. Al­le­ga­tions Clin­ton put the United States at risk by us­ing a pri­vate email server while sec­re­tary of state were thrust back into the spot­light Fri­day when Comey re­vealed a re­newed FBI probe into the mat­ter based on a pre­vi­ously un­known trove of emails. Trump-him­self un­der fire for al­leged sex­ual im­pro­pri­ety and fac­ing mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions from 12 women-has glee­fully seized upon Comey’s move in an at­tempt to off­set his own trail­ing in most polls.

Law bro­ken?

The Repub­li­can cam­paigned hard Sun­day, at­tend­ing church in Las Ve­gas, be­fore lead­ing three ral­lies in Ne­vada, Colorado and Al­bu­querque, New Mex­ico, whip­ping up his sup­port base against Clin­ton. “We all know about Hil­lary’s mount­ing le­gal trou­bles, that she has brought onto her­self with her se­rial, wil­ful, pur­pose­ful and de­lib­er­ate crim­i­nal con­duct,” he told the crowed in New Mex­ico. “Hil­lary Clin­ton is not the vic­tim, you the Amer­i­can peo­ple are the vic­tims of this cor­rupt sys­tem in ev­ery sin­gle way and folks this is your last chance to save it,” he said to chants of “lock her up.” The 70-year-old ty­coon re­peat­edly has de­scribed her email is­sue as “the sin­gle big­gest scan­dal since Water­gate”the wrong­do­ing that brought down Repub­li­can pres­i­dent Richard Nixon in 1974.

The Clin­ton cam­paign has re­acted with fury to Comey’s move, de­mand­ing that he ex­plain in de­tail why he had ef­fec­tively re­opened an in­quiry de­clared com­plete in July. “It was long on in­nu­endo, short on facts,” Clin­ton’s cam­paign chair­man John Podesta told CNN. The US Se­nate’s top Demo­crat told the FBI chief that through “par­ti­san ac­tions, you may have bro­ken the law.” “As soon as you came into pos­ses­sion of the slight­est in­nu­endo re­lated to sec­re­tary Clin­ton, you rushed to pub­li­cize it in the most neg­a­tive light pos­si­ble,” Se­nate Mi­nor­ity Leader Harry Reid said in a state­ment. While the can­di­date look­ing to make his­tory as Amer­ica’s first fe­male pres­i­dent re­mains the over­whelm­ing fa­vorite, polls are nar­row­ing.

Re­ported FBI war­rant

An ABC News/Wash­ing­ton Post sur­vey put the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date just one point ahead of her Repub­li­can chal­lenger. In Florida-a must-win state for the ty­coon-Trump over­came a one-point deficit in Septem­ber to en­joy a four-point lead, ac­cord­ing to a New York Times Up­shot/Siena Col­lege Re­search In­sti­tute poll. Ac­cord­ing to US me­dia, the probe was re­newed af­ter agents seized a lap­top used by Clin­ton’s close aide, Huma Abe­din, and her now es­tranged hus­band, An­thony Weiner. The dis­graced for­mer con­gress­man who re­signed in 2011 af­ter send­ing ex­plicit on­line mes­sages is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion over al­le­ga­tions he sent sex­ual over­tures to a 15-year-old girl. The Wash­ing­ton Post wrote late Sun­day that it learned from one US of­fi­cial that the to­tal num­ber of emails re­cov­ered in the Weiner in­ves­ti­ga­tion is close to 650,000 - although not all of them are rel­e­vant to the Clin­ton in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

US net­works re­ported Sun­day that the FBI had ob­tained a war­rant to search the emails. Ac­cord­ing to CNN, dis­cov­ery of the emails oc­curred weeks ago although the FBI did not re­veal the mat­ter un­til Fri­day. Trump’s cam­paign man­ager Kellyanne Con­way lashed out at Clin­ton. “She just has to call her friend and con­fi­dante Huma Abe­din and say tell us what’s in the emails, tell us what’s on the de­vices that you shared with your pe­dophile hus­band,” Con­way told Fox News. Clin­ton’s cam­paign has been over­shad­owed from the start by the scan­dal, but ex­perts be­lieve the FBI is un­likely to make sig­nif­i­cant progress be­fore elec­tion day and few ex­pect her to face charges. —AFP

NEW YORK: US Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Hil­lary Clin­ton ar­rives to board her cam­paign plane at the Westch­ester County Air­port in White Plains, New York yes­ter­day. — AFP

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