Don­ald Trump says it’s now up to the Amer­i­can peo­ple to ‘de­liver jus­tice’ to Hil­lary Clin­ton af­ter she is cleared in FBI email probe

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

Don­ald Trump said he be­lieved the FBI rank and file would not let Hil­lary Clin­ton get away with her “crimes” af­ter she was cleared in the lat­est email probe.

The Repub­li­can nom­i­nee called on the Amer­i­can peo­ple to “de­liver jus­tice” to Mrs Clin­ton, claim­ing she was be­ing pro­tected by a “rigged” sys­tem.

“You can’t re­view 650,000 emails in eight days, folks, you can’t do it,” he said.

“Hil­lary Clin­ton is guilty. She knows it, The FBI knows it. The peo­ple know it. It is now up to the Amer­i­can peo­ple to de­liver jus­tice at the bal­lot box on Novem­ber 8,” he said. “Un­be­liev­able. What she gets away with folks. Un­be­liev­able.”

Repub­li­cans re­acted with fury to the FBI an­nounce­ment, as pres­sure mounted on the agency’s direc­tor.

Newt Gin­grich, the Repub­li­can for­mer house speaker and ad­viser to Mr Trump said last night: “The destruc­tion of James Comey by po­lit­i­cal pres­sure is painful to watch. He is be­ing twisted into an in­de­fen­si­ble pret­zel of con­tra­dic­tions.”

Mike Pence, the Repub­li­can vice-pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, re­jected James Comey’s rul­ing. “Mis­han­dling clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion is a crime”.

He said in two days Amer­i­cans can “close the his­tory book on the Clin­tons once and for all”.

Reince Priebus, the chair­man of the Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee, claimed that the lat­est an­nounce­ment had changed noth­ing and that Mrs Clin­ton should be barred from the pres­i­dency.

“None of this changes the fact that the FBI con­tin­ues to in­ves­ti­gate the Clin­ton Foun­da­tion for cor­rup­tion in­volv­ing her ten­ure as sec­re­tary of state,” he said . “Hil­lary Clin­ton should never be pres­i­dent.”

Mrs Clin­ton point­edly de­cided to ig­nore the bomb­shell an­nounce­ment dur­ing her two evening ral­lies last night, al­though her team wel­comed the an­nounce­ment, with com­mu­ni­ca­tions direc­tor Jen­nifer Palmieri telling re­porters: “We’re glad this mat­ter is re­solved.”

Other se­nior Democrats also rounded on the FBI. Se­nate Demo­cratic leader Harry Reid said the lat­est let­ter from Mr Comey “un­der­scores the ir­re­spon­si­bil­ity” of the law en­force­ment chief’s no­tice to Congress nine days ago about Hil­lary Clin­ton.

Speak­ing last night, Mrs Clin­ton said Amer­ica was fac­ing a “mo­ment of reck­on­ing”. “We have to heal this coun­try,” she in­sisted.

In fi­nan­cial trad­ing yes­ter­day, Asian stocks bounced and the dol­lar strength­ened af­ter the FBI an­nounce­ment.

The news boosted S&P 500 In­dex fu­tures by 1.2 per­cent, a gain that is likely to snap a nine­day los­ing streak in the US stock in­dex - its long­est in more than 35 years.

But vol­umes were thin, in­di­cat­ing many in­vestors had al­ready taken to the side­lines ahead of the vote.

“This will surely boost the chance of Clin­ton’s vic­tory. Bar­ring an­other un­ex­pected scan­dal on her side, it looks likely that she will win the race,” said Nori­hiro Fu­jito, se­nior in­vest­ment strate­gist at Mit­subishi UFJ Mor­gan Stan­ley Se­cu­ri­ties in Tokyo.

“Given that the mar­ket had been slip­ping for nine days, there will be short-cov­er­ing.”

The mar­ket wilted on Oc­to­ber 28 af­ter the FBI no­ti­fied Congress that it was re­view­ing new, po­ten­tially rel­e­vant emails linked to Mrs Clin­ton that had been found dur­ing a sep­a­rate in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the al­leged sex­ting of an un­der­age girl by An­thony Weiner, the dis­graced, es­tranged hus­band of top Clin­ton aide, Huma Abe­din.

Mrs Clin­ton is gen­er­ally viewed in mar­ket terms as a far more sta­ble op­tion for the pres­i­dency.

The two can­di­dates have one fi­nal day of cam­paign­ing to­day be­fore vot­ing proper be­gins.

Mr Trump had six events planned in Florida, North Carolina, Penn­syl­va­nia, Michi­gan (twice) and New Hamp­shire.

Mrs Clin­ton and Barack Obama also vis­ited Michi­gan for two sep­a­rate events. She later took the stage with the Oba­mas and her hus­band in Philadel­phia in the evening, where Bruce Spring­steen and Jon Bon Jovi pro­vided the en­ter­tain­ment, be­fore a fi­nal late night rally in North Carolina.

Theresa May, the Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter, called for a “calm and mea­sured” pres­i­den­tial vote. “I take a sim­ple view about the way in which I like to see cam­paigns con­ducted. I like to see them con­ducted in a calm and mea­sured way with proper con­sid­er­a­tion of the is­sues,” she said yes­ter­day.

“As to the re­sult of the elec­tion, it’s up to the Amer­i­can peo­ple and we’ll know that very soon.”

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