FBI Chief: Newly Discovered Emails Don't Warrant Charges Against Clinton

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FBI Director James Comey, September 27, 2016.
FBI Director James Comey, September 27, 2016. Credit: Bloomberg

FBI Director James Comey told Congress on Sunday a recent review of newly discovered emails did not change the agency's conclusion that no charges were warranted in the case of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server

In a letter to Congress, Comey said the agency had completed its review of the new emails and "we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton." 

Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon said "we were always confident nothing would cause the July decision to be revisited. Now Director Comey has confirmed it."

In his first response to the news, Republican Donald Trump doubled down on his claim that there was a "rigged system" protecting Clinton. Though extremely critical of Comey throughout the election, Trump changed his tune on the FBI chief following the publication of the emails discovered on a laptop belonging to Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of close Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

“Hillary Clinton will be under investigation for a long, long time likely concluding in a criminal trial,” Trump said at a rally in Minneapolis, as supporters shouted “lock her up.”

“You have to understand, it’s a rigged system, and she’s protected,” Trump said.

Unrelated criminal investigation

In his letter, Comey said that "the FBI investigative team has been working around the clock to process and review a large volume of emails from a device obtained in connection with an unrelated criminal investigation."

"During that process, we reviewed all of the communications that were to or from Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state." 

A letter sent by Comey to Congress more than a week ago informing it of the newly discovered emails had thrown Clinton's presidential race against Trump into turmoil in the final stretch before Tuesday's election. 

"I am very grateful to the professionals at the FBI for doing an extraordinary amount of high-quality work in a short period of time," Comey said. 

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