FBI Director James Comey abruptly announced Sunday that a review of newly discovered emails sent or received by Hillary Clinton has not changed his conclusion that the Democrat should not face criminal charges. The emails were discovered on the computer of Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
Generally, the Department of Justice discourages announcements like Comey's October 28 letter in the weeks leading up to an election.
Clinton's campaign immediately claimed that Comey's latest missive put to rest any new concerns about the email issue.
The announcement effectively revived a controversy that had dogged Clinton since before she launched her presidential campaign and resumed an FBI investigation that had concluded in July.
Top Justice Department officials, including Attorney General Loretta Lynch, had counseled Comey against sending the letter. It soon emerged that the new evidence was a trove of email messages found on a laptop the Federal Bureau of Investigation obtained during a probe into alleged sexting with a minor by Weiner.
"During that process, we reviewed all of the communications that were to or from Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state".
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Her vice presidential running mate, Tim Kaine, was scheduled to appear with Bon Jovi on Saturday. The Clinton campaign says it is focusing on securing its firewall in the West and upper Midwest.
Trump, meanwhile, planned a marathon day on the campaign trail, with stops in five states, including Minnesota, Michigan and Pennsylvania states that have long proven unfriendly territory for Republican presidential candidates.
Two law enforcement sources familiar with the FBI's New York Field Office said a faction of investigators based in the office is known to be hostile to Hillary Clinton. "We are glad to see that he (Comey) has found, as we were confident he would, that he's confirmed the conclusions that he reached in July".
The news hit as Clinton and her campaign team flew from Philadelphia to Cleveland for a campaign event.
But late on Sunday, it seemed that Comey had been relegated once again, as Trump declared that Clinton was "protected by a rigged system".
Comey's letter appeared created to resolve any lingering ambiguity about the prospect that Clinton might face criminal charges, though it still left many questions unresolved - including the number of emails, their content, how the messages wound up on Weiner's computer and what, if anything, the announcement means for Abedin. "She shouldn't be allowed to run for president".