Clin­ton at­tacks ‘strange’ new email probe

> Ex-sec­re­tary of state presses FBI chief for de­tails over eleventh-hour de­ci­sion

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DAYTONA BEACH: Hil­lary Clin­ton yes­ter­day chal­lenged FBI Direc­tor James Comey ( pix) to pro­vide a fuller ex­pla­na­tion of in­ves­tiga­tive steps he is tak­ing re­lated to her use of a pri­vate email server, as the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date ac­cused him of “deeply trou­bling” be­hav­iour 10 days be­fore the US elec­tions.

Speak­ing to vol­un­teers in Daytona Beach, Florida, Clin­ton said: “Some of you may have heard about a let­ter the FBI direc­tor sent” on Fri­day to Congress in­form­ing it that the agency is again re­view­ing email.

Comey had de­cided in July that the FBI was not go­ing to seek pros­e­cu­tion of Clin­ton for her han­dling of clas­si­fied ma­te­ri­als on a pri­vate email server while she was sec­re­tary of state.

“It is pretty strange to put some­thing like that out with such lit­tle in­for­ma­tion right be­fore an elec­tion,” Clin­ton said.

“It’s not just strange, it’s un­prece­dented and it’s deeply trou­bling be­cause vot­ers de­serve to get full and com­plete facts” she added.

She urged Comey to “put it all out on the ta­ble”.

In tan­dem with Clin­ton, fel­low Democrats yes­ter­day also worked to pres­sure Comey to pro­vide de­tails on a con­tro­versy that dom­i­nated the pres­i­den­tial cam­paigns yes­ter­day, less than two weeks be­fore the Nov 8 vote.

Four US sen­a­tors – Patrick Leahy, the long­est-serv­ing Se­nate Demo­crat, Dianne Fe­in­stein, Thomas Carper and Ben­jamin Cardin – wrote to Comey and US At­tor­neyGen­eral Loretta Lynch ask­ing that they pro­vide by to­day more de­tailed in­for­ma­tion about in­ves­tiga­tive steps un­der way.

At a press con­fer­ence in Columbus, Ohio, the Con­gres­sional Black Cau­cus, com­prised about 45 mem­bers of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, nearly all Democrats, also urged Comey to be more forth­com­ing.

Sources close to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion on Fri­day said the lat­est email were dis­cov­ered as part of a sep­a­rate probe into An­thony Weiner, the es­tranged hus­band of top Clin­ton aide Huma Abe­din.

Weiner, a for­mer Demo­cratic US con­gress­man from New York, is the tar­get of an FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tion into il­licit text mes­sages he is al­leged to have sent to a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina.

Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump pounded away at the new FBI devel­op­ment, de­vot­ing a large part of a cam­paign speech in Golden, Colorado, to at­tack­ing Clin­ton and ar­gu­ing that she is not to be trusted with the pres­i­dency.

“Her crim­i­nal ac­tion was wil­ful, de­lib­er­ate, in­ten­tional and pur­pose­ful,” Trump said, stand­ing in front of hay bales stacked in a horse barn.

“Hil­lary set up an il­le­gal server for the ob­vi­ous pur­pose of shield­ing her il­le­gal ac­tions from pub­lic dis­clo­sure and ex­po­sure.”

Comey, how­ever, has not pro­vided any de­tails on whether the email now un­der re­view are be­ing seen for the first time by the FBI or the na­ture of their con­tents. – Reuters

Oliver Quiros, three, com­petes dressed as an as­tro­naut in a space shut­tle with an alien pas­sen­ger in the Haunted Heats Hal­loween Surf Con­test in California, United States yes­ter­day.

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