FBI ob­tains war­rant to ex­am­ine Clin­ton email

> Top Democrat claims bureau chief ‘may have bro­ken law’

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

WASH­ING­TON: Fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tors have se­cured a war­rant to ex­am­ine newly dis­cov­ered email mes­sages re­lated to Hillary Clin­ton’s pri­vate server, a source fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter said yes­ter­day, as a prom­i­nent Democrat ac­cused FBI di­rec­tor James Comey of break­ing the law by try­ing to in­flu­ence the elec­tion.

The war­rant will al­low the FBI to ex­am­ine the email mes­sages to see if they are rel­e­vant to its probe of the pri­vate email server used for gov­ern­ment work by Clin­ton, the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee, while she was sec­re­tary of state.

Comey came un­der heavy pres­sure from Democrats on Sun­day to quickly pro­vide de­tails of the email mes­sages, as Clin­ton al­lies wor­ried the pro­longed con­tro­versy could ex­tend be­yond the Nov 8 polls and cast a shadow over a Clin­ton tran­si­tion if she wins.

Comey’s dis­clo­sure of the email dis­cov­ery in a let­ter to Congress on Fri­day plunged the fi­nal days of the White House race be­tween Clin­ton and Repub­li­can Don­ald Trump into tur­moil.

Clin­ton had opened a re­cent lead over Trump in na­tional polls, but it had been nar­row­ing even be­fore the email con­tro­versy resur­faced.

The un­ex­pected turn in the email con­tro­versy shook fi­nan­cial mar­kets’ con­vic­tion of a Clin­ton vic­tory in the elec­tion and the US dol­lar slipped against ma­jor cur­ren­cies in early Asian trad­ing yes­ter­day.

US Se­nate Demo­cratic leader Harry Reid sent a let­ter to Comey yes­ter­day sug­gest­ing he vi­o­lated the Hatch Act, which bars the use of a fed­eral gov­ern­ment po­si­tion to in­flu­ence an elec­tion.

“Through your par­ti­san ac­tions, you may have bro­ken the law,” Reid, a sen­a­tor from Ne­vada, said in the let­ter to Comey.

Clin­ton cam­paign chair­man John Podesta and cam­paign man­ager Robby Mook ques­tioned Comey’s de­ci­sion to send a let­ter no­ti­fy­ing Congress of the email re­view be­fore he even knew whether the mes­sages were sig­nif­i­cant or rel­e­vant.

Comey’s let­ter was “long on in­nu­endo, short on facts,” Podesta said on CNN’s State of the Union, and ac­cused the FBI chief of break­ing prece­dent by dis­clos­ing as­pects of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion so close to the elec­tion.

“We are call­ing on Mr Comey to come for­ward and ex­plain what’s at is­sue here,” Podesta said, adding the sig­nif­i­cance of the emails was un­clear. – Reuters

A cy­clist rides over a bridge as smog en­velopes New Delhi yes­ter­day. Mil­lions of In­di­ans lit fire­crack­ers to mark Deep­avali, caus­ing the air pol­lu­tion to hit “se­vere” level.

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