Hillary Clinton’s campaign responded to the news the FBI is reopening an investigation into her private email server by issuing a statement demanding more details on the findings “immediately.”
“FBI Director Comey should immediately provide the American public more information than is contained in the letter he sent to eight Republican committee chairman,” campaign manager John Podesta said in the statement, adding: “Director Comey’s letter refers to emails that have come to light in an unrelated case, but we have no idea what those emails are and the Director himself notes they may not even be significant.”
Comey sent a letter to Congress Friday announcing the FBI had discovered new emails “pertinent” to the previously completed investigation into Clinton’s private email server. The news stunned the Clinton campaign, breaking while she and some of her staff were flying to a campaign event in Iowa.
Clinton brushed off initial questions shouted by the press corps when she got off the plane, and ignored the news in her address at the rally. The campaign reportedly did not have access to wifi during the flight.
Podesta also took issue with the use of the term “reopen” to describe the news. The FBI did not technically close the case, but the investigation was complete. Comey was required to notify Congress of the renewed investigation.
Here is Podesta’s full statement:
Upon completing this investigation more than three months ago, FBI Director Comey declared no reasonable prosecutor would move forward with a case like this and added that it was not even a close call. In the months since, Donald Trump and his Republican allies have been baselessly second-guessing the FBI and, in both public and private, browbeating the career officials there to revisit their conclusion in a desperate attempt to harm Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
FBI Director Comey should immediately provide the American public more information than is contained in the letter he sent to eight Republican committee chairmen. Already, we have seen characterizations that the FBI is “reopening” an investigation but Comey’s words do not match that characterization. Director Comey’s letter refers to emails that came to light in an unrelated case, but we have no idea what those emails are and the Director himself notes they may not even be significant.
It is extraordinary that we would see something like this just 11 days out from a presidential election.
The Director owes it to the American people to immediately provide the full details of what he is now examining. We are confident this will not produce any conclusions different from the one the FBI reached in July.
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