The decision on Friday by FBI Director James Comey to write a letter to Congress stating that his investigative team at the bureau had decided to investigate additional e-mails from an unrelated case tied with the Secretary Clinton email investigation has sent shock waves across the U.S. political landscape and opened up an old wound for the Clinton campaign.
Comey wrote in his letter on Friday to Congress, “we don’t know the significance of this newly discovered collection of emails, I don’t want to create a misleading impression” which indicates quite clearly that the FBI decided to first come forward and announce the discovery of additional e-mails before determining whether the contents of the newly discovered e-mail messages revealed that Hillary Clinton may have violated any laws and compromised national security with classified information.
Comey explained in his letter, “it would be misleading to the American people were we not to supplement the record” before he incorrectly calculated that the U.S. is “in the middle of the election season.”
With just 10 calendar days left before the presidential election on November 8th and several U.S. states already starting to vote early, it is factually incorrect to characterize the current election season as in the “middle of the election season” as Comey did in his latest letter.
Undoubtedly, it is extremely late in the U.S. election season, and the FBI ‘s unexpected decision on Friday to re-open Clinton’s e-mail case related to an inappropriate sexting and e-mail case between Mr. Anthony Weiner, a former New York Congressman, and husband of Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, involving a 15 yr. old girl, has already impacted the opinions of millions of voting Americans at a pivotal time and landed the FBI uncomfortably inside the boiling cauldron of the U.S. political system.
It has invigorated the Trump campaign and angered the Clinton camp which has slowly recovered since the FBI closed Clinton’s last e-mail investigation in July tied to her opening up a private e-mail server while she served as secretary of state during President Obama’s first term.
There are now percolating questions about whether the newly discovered e-mails have anything to do with the earlier e-mails from Clinton’s private server that the FBI previously concluded in July wasn’t worthy of charging Clinton with a felony crime even though FBI Director James Comey admitted that Hillary Clinton was “extremely careless” in handling.
Hillary Clinton spoke to reporters on the campaign trail in Des Moines, Iowa on Friday and urged Comey to release more information about the bureau’s new investigation.
“The American people deserve to get the full and complete facts immediately” Clinton said.
Clinton denied that the FBI had contacted her or provided any facts about re-opening the e-mail investigation.
She admitted the bureau had originally given the letter to Republican members of the House before it was released.
Clinton said that people made up their minds a long time about her emails and now they are voting for a president.
Clinton explained that it is “imperative” that the bureau explain the issue in question whatever it is without delay.
Here is a written statement from Clinton Campaign Director John Podesta in response to the FBI letter to GOP Congressional Chairmen: