FBI obtains warrant to examine Clinton email
> Top Democrat claims bureau chief ‘may have broken law’
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
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