Trump turns up heat over FBI probe into Clin­ton emails

The Myanmar Times - - World -

DON­ALD Trump stepped up his at­tacks against Hil­lary Clin­ton, seek­ing to ex­ploit the FBI de­ci­sion to re­open an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into her emails as Amer­ica’s bruis­ing elec­tion cam­paign heads into its fi­nal stretch.

Just 10 days be­fore the coun­try goes to the polls to elect ei­ther the for­mer US sec­re­tary of state or the bom­bas­tic Repub­li­can bil­lion­aire, Amer­ica’s top cop James Comey has been thrust cen­tre-stage.

The FBI direc­tor wrote to law­mak­ers on October 28, an­nounc­ing that his agents are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a newly dis­cov­ered trove of emails, re­new­ing an en­quiry that the Clin­ton cam­paign thought ended in July.

Mr Trump pounced. Cam­paign­ing in the western state of Colorado, which has been lean­ing to­ward Ms Clin­ton, he de­nounced what he called his op­po­nent’s “crim­i­nal and il­le­gal con­duct” to chants of “Lock her up!”

“This is the big­gest po­lit­i­cal scan­dal since Water­gate, and it’s ev­ery­body’s deep­est hope that jus­tice at last will be beau­ti­fully de­liv­ered,” Mr Trump, 70, said in Phoenix, Ari­zona.

While his 69-year-old op­po­nent re­mains on course to be voted in as Amer­ica’s first fe­male pres­i­dent at the bal­lot box on Novem­ber 8, her cam­paign is fu­ri­ous that its mo­men­tum has slowed in the fi­nal stretch.

Ms Clin­ton cam­paigned hard in the key bat­tle­ground state of Florida, greet­ing thousands of sup­port­ers at a Jen­nifer Lopez con­cert in Mi­ami after ear­lier de­mand­ing that Mr Comey ex­plain why he had ef­fec­tively re­opened the in­quiry de­clared com­plete in July.

“It’s pretty strange to put some­thing like that out with such lit­tle in­for­ma­tion right be­fore an elec­tion,” she said in Daytona Beach.

“In fact, it’s not just strange, it’s un­prece­dented. And it is deeply trou­bling be­cause vot­ers de­serve to get full and com­plete facts,” she added.

“So we’ve called on direc­tor Comey to ex­plain ev­ery­thing right away, put it all out on the ta­ble, right?” she said, to rap­tur­ous cheers.

It seems un­likely that much progress will be made in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­fore polling day and few ex­pect Ms Clin­ton to face crim­i­nal charges.

Ev­ery day that she spends deal­ing with the fall­out of her de­ci­sion to use a pri­vate email server as sec­re­tary of state is a day the me­dia is not dwelling on the scan­dals dog­ging Mr Trump.

The lat­est poll of polls by tracker site RealClearPol­i­tics put Ms Clin­ton 3.9 per­cent­age points ahead of the Repub­li­can na­tion­wide, down from 7.1 points just 10 days pre­vi­ously.

Mr Trump – dogged by scan­dal over al­leged sex­ual mis­con­duct and ac­cu­sa­tions from at least 12 women – has rel­ished the email probe.

Me­dia re­ports cit­ing FBI in­sid­ers sug­gest agents do not yet know whether the lat­est batch con­tains any new emails or clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion.

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