FBI in­ves­ti­gates new emails in Clin­ton case

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WASH­ING­TON/ NEW YORK: The FBI will in­ves­ti­gate ad­di­tional emails re­lat­ing to Hil­lary Clin­ton’s use of a pri­vate email sys­tem, in a new twist to the US pres­i­den­tial cam­paign with 10 days to go be­fore elec­tion day.

In a let­ter to sev­eral US con­gres­sional com­mit­tee chair­men, FBI di­rec­tor James Comey said yes­ter­day that the agency would de­ter­mine whether the emails con­tain clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion, adding that it is un­clear how sig­nif­i­cant the new ma­te­ri­als may be.

Comey said he “can­not pre­dict how long it will take us to com­plete this ad­di­tional work”.

The an­nounce­ment shook up the cam­paign for the Novem­ber 8 elec­tion in which Clin­ton is the Demo­cratic Party’s can­di­date and the front-run­ner in opin­ion polls.

The FBI spent about a year in­ves­ti­gat­ing Clin­ton’s use of an unau­tho­rised pri­vate email server for her work as US sec­re­tary of state be­tween 2009 and 2013 af­ter it emerged there were clas­si­fied gov­ern- ment se­crets in some of her emails.

In July, the FBI char­ac­terised Clin­ton’s han­dling of clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion via email as “ex­tremely care­less” but, af­ter a months-long in­ves­ti­ga­tion, it rec­om­mended no crim­i­nal charges be brought.

“In con­nec­tion with an un­re­lated case, the FBI has learnt of the ex­is­tence of emails that ap­pear to be per­ti­nent to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” Comey said. The FBI could not yet as­sess whether the ma­te­rial might be sig­nif­i­cant.

Spokes­peo­ple for Clin­ton did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment. She has apol­o­gised for her server, which was set up in her home in New York. She said the ar­range­ment had been a mis­take and she had not know­ingly sent or re­ceived clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion.

Yes­ter­day’s news was seized upon by Don­ald Trump, Clin­ton’s Repub­li­can ri­val for the pres­i­dency, who has sought to cite her email prac­tices as dis­qual­i­fy­ing her for of­fice. – Reuters

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