“We are 11 days out from perhaps the most important election of our lifetimes,” Clinton said at a hastily called news conference in Des Moines, Iowa, hours after FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers the bureau was reviewing new evidence related to Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state. Comey did not provide details, except to say that he did not know if the new emails were significant.
“Voting already is underway in our country. The American people deserve to get the full and complete facts immediately,” Clinton said in her first remarks since the news broke this morning, widely covered by TV news networks. “The director has said he does not know if the emails referenced in this letter are significant or not,” she added.
She said she was “confident what ever they are it will not change the conclusion reached in July” by the FBI when Comey said the investigation was wrapped. “Therefore it is imperative the bureau explain this issue in question, whatever it is, without delay.”
When asked what she would say to voters about the new emails, Clinton shot back, “People a long time ago made up their minds about the emails. I think that’s factored into what people think and now they’re choosing a president.”
Clinton’s campaign was been contacted by the FBI in advance of Comey’s letter, or since, Clinton said. “The first we knew about is was when the letter sent to Republican members of the House was released.. .We don’t know the facts which is why we are calling on the FBI to release all the information is has.”
The new emails were discovered after the FBI seized devices belonging to Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin, and her estranged husband, Anthony Weiner; the bureau is investigating text messages Weiner allegedly sent to an underage girl.
Clinton ducked a question as to whether she had discussed today’s revelation with Abedin, saying only, “We’ve heard these rumors; we don’t know what to believe,” and that the reporter’s guess was as good as hers.
GOP candidate Donald Trump has been commenting on the Comey news all day, telling supporters this morning, “The FBI has just sent a letter to Congress informing them that they have discovered new emails pertaining the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s investigation. And they are reopening the case into her criminal and illegal conduct that threatens the security of the United States of America.”
“Perhaps, finally, justice will be done,” he said.