Clin­ton gets boost from FBI

> Trump cries foul after ri­val cleared in email re­view

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

WASH­ING­TON: Hil­lary Clin­ton and Don­ald Trump have made fran­tic ap­peals to vot­ers as the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion cam­paign comes down to the wire.

On a day that was in­jected with fresh drama with FBI di­rec­tor James Comey an­nounc­ing that the bu­reau will not charge Clin­ton in the lat­est de­vel­op­ment of her email saga, the can­di­dates hit the US heart­land and seized some of their fi­nal op­por­tu­ni­ties to make their case to the na­tion.

Clin­ton cam­paigned in Ohio with NBA star LeBron Jones be­fore mov­ing on to New Hamp­shire where she was to ap­pear with the fa­ther of slain US soldier Cap­tain Hu­mayun Khan.

Speak­ing in Ohio, where polls show her in dead heat with Trump and where she cam­paigned last week with su­per­stars Jay Z and Bey­once, Clin­ton said she had seen frus­tra­tion and anger dur­ing the cam­paign but said “anger is not a plan, anger is not go­ing to get us jobs”.

Mean­while, Trump, who the polls sug­gested was trail­ing his Demo­cratic ri­val by up to five points, held ral­lies in five states, in­clud­ing Min­nesota, which ob­servers be­lieve he has lit­tle chance of win­ning and said may re­veal a sign of des­per­a­tion. Speak­ing in Min­neapo­lis, he said Clin­ton was be­ing “pro­tected by a rigged sys­tem ... she will be un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion for a long, long time, likely con­clud­ing in a crim­i­nal trial”.

Clin­ton’s cam­paign man­ager, John Podesta, said her base of sup­port among mi­nor­ity vot­ers and the large num­ber of early votes cast would lead to a win for her.

“We’ve had col­lege-ed­u­cated women vot­ing in higher num­bers, vot­ing for her in higher num­bers. Asian-Amer­i­cans vot­ing dis­pro­por­tion­ately,” he said on NBC’s Meet the Press.

Trump’s run­ning mate, Mike Pence, said the cam­paign would ac­cept a “clear out­come” to the elec­tion but said both cam­paigns re­served le­gal op­tions if there was a dis­puted re­sult.

Ten days ago, Comey an­nounced that the FBI was re­open­ing its probe of Clin­ton’s use of a pri­vate email server after new dis­cov­er­ies were found on the lap­top of An­thony Weiner, a dis­graced for­mer con­gress­man who is the es­tranged hus­band of Clin­ton’s top aide.

The rev­e­la­tion caused sub­se­quent polls to show her lead over Trump clos­ing in.

How­ever, Comey yes­ter­day pub­lished an­other let­ter to Congress say­ing “based on our re­view, we have not changed our con­clu­sions that we ex­pressed in July in re­gard to Sec­re­tary Clin­ton”. – The In­de­pen­dent

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