Trump seizes on FBI move

Cam­paign touts mo­men­tum amid emails re­view

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD - By Jose A. DelReal, John Wag­ner and Sean Sul­li­van

Don­ald Trump’s pres­i­den­tial cam­paign ex­pressed op­ti­mism Sun­day that it has “tremen­dous mo­men­tum” in the fi­nal days be­fore the elec­tion, with na­tional polls show­ing him and Hil­lary Clin­ton in a dead heat as her team grap­ples with an an­nounce­ment that the FBI has dis­cov­ered emails that could be re­lated to an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Clin­ton’s pri­vate email server.

Trump bragged about his new strength in re­cent polls Sun­day morn­ing, de­spite re­peat­edly claim­ing that polls were “rigged” against him on the cam­paign trail in re­cent weeks.

“We are now lead­ing in many polls, and many of these were taken be­fore the crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion an­nounce­ment on Fri­day — great in states!” Trump tweeted Sun­day.

FBI Di­rec­tor James Comey reignited a po­lit­i­cal firestorm over the emails Fri­day when he alerted se­lect mem­bers of Congress that FBI of­fi­cials had de­tected a batch of emails per­ti­nent to the case dur­ing an “un­re­lated” in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Sources have told The Wash­ing­ton Post that the emails were found on a com­puter be­long­ing to for­mer con­gress­man An­thony Weiner, who is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion for al­legedly ex­chang­ing lewd mes­sages with a 15-year-old girl. Weiner is the es­tranged Na­tional polls show Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton in a dead heat with her ri­val. hus­band of top Clin­ton ad­viser Huma Abe­din.

Law of­fi­cials said Sun­day the FBI has ob­tained a war­rant to search the emails.

Ear­lier Sun­day, Clin­ton dropped in on an early vot­ing brunch spon­sored by two Demo­cratic groups in Mi­ami.

“These last nine days we can re­ally race to the fin­ish line,” Clin­ton told a crowd of about 40 peo­ple, who she urged to help elect Democrats up and down the bal­lot.

“If any of you know any­one who is think­ing about vot­ing for Trump, I want you to stage an in­ter­ven­tion,” Clin­ton added. “Be­cause friends don’t let friends vote for Trump.”

Trump started the day in Ne­vada, where he stopped by a non­de­nom­i­na­tional church in Las Ve­gas, where he also held a rally.

Trump seized on Comey’s Fri­day an­nounce­ment, us­ing it to de­clare Clin­ton as be­ing guilty of crim­i­nal wrong­do­ing at cam­paign events.

De­spite the orig­i­nal FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tion find­ing no ev­i­dence of crim­i­nal wrong­do­ing by Clin­ton or her staff and Comey say­ing the new batch of emails may not be sig­nif­i­cant, Trump main­tained that line of at­tack on Sun­day.

“As you’ve heard, it was just an­nounced on Fri­day that the FBI is re­open­ing their in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the crim­i­nal and il­le­gal con­duct of Hil­lary Clin­ton,” Trump said dur­ing his rally Sun­day in Las Ve­gas. “Hil­lary has no­body but her­self to blame for her mount­ing le­gal prob­lems. Her crim­i­nal ac­tion was will­ful, de­lib­er­ate, in­ten­tional and pur­pose­ful.”

“We never thought we were go­ing to say ‘thank you’ to An­thony Weiner,” Trump said.

Also, Trump re­ferred to news that the Jus­tice Depart­ment had warned the FBI that Comey’s an­nounce­ment broke pro­to­col as Jus­tice “try­ing so hard to pro­tect Hil­lary Clin­ton.”

Trump’s run­ning mate, In­di­ana Gov. Mike Pence, said dur­ing an ap­pear­ance on “Fox News Sun­day” that he felt “tremen­dous mo­men­tum in this cam­paign” and that Trump would likely in­ject more of his per­sonal wealth into his cam­paign in the re­main­ing days.

Dur­ing an in­ter­view on ABC’s “This Week,” Clin­ton’s run­ning mate, Tim Kaine, called the FBI an­nounce­ment “ex­tremely puz­zling.” Don­ald Trump sug­gested Sun­day that his cam­paign owed An­thony Weiner a “thank you.”

“Why would you re­lease in­for­ma­tion that is so in­com­plete when you haven’t even seen the ma­te­rial your­self? Eleven days be­fore an elec­tion, why would you talk about an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion? I just have no way of un­der­stand­ing these ac­tions. They’re com­pletely un­prece­dented. And that’s why I think (Comey) owes the Amer­i­can pub­lic more in­for­ma­tion.”

Trump’s cam­paign man­ager, Kellyanne Con­way, char­ac­ter­ized the FBI’s an­nounce­ment as proof that there is some­thing ques- tion­able in the new batch of emails. Con­way said the an­nounce­ment feeds into ques­tions about Clin­ton’s char­ac­ter.

Trump “just sees that there’s this con­stant cloud of cor­rup­tion that fol­lows Hil­lary Clin­ton around. And for the FBI to make this re­mark­able move 11 days be­fore the elec­tion means there must be some­thing there,” Con­way said on ABC’s “This Week with Ge­orge Stephanopou­los.”

Abe­din was not seen trav­el­ing with Clin­ton Sun­day or Satur­day.

Clin­ton cam­paign chair­man John Podesta de­fended Abe­din dur­ing an in­ter­view with CNN in which host Jake Tap­per asked if Abe­din had with­held in­for­ma­tion from the FBI.

“I think it’s clear that she com­plied to the best of her abil­ity, turned ev­ery­thing over that she had in her pos­ses­sion. I don’t know any­thing more than the spec­u­la­tion that’s run­ning wild in the press now about what this is about,” Podesta said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”



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