Clinton gets boost from FBI
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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