Fox News reported that it obtained a memo written by FBI Director James Comey to his staffers, in which he explained that he decided to renew the Clinton emails investigation and disclose this to the US Congress because of the “sensitive” proximity to the presidential elections.
The affair that won’t go away. Clinton Photo Credit: Reuters / Channel 2 News
Fox News reported today (Saturday) that FBI Director James Comey wrote a memo to his bureau explaining that he decided to announce the renewal of the investigation into the Clinton email affair due to the “political sensitivity” of the issue. Comey noted that he would not have updated Congress on the matter under normal circumstance but explained that he did so because of the proximity to the presidential elections.
“Of course we don’t ordinarily tell Congress about ongoing investigations,” Comey noted. “But here I feel an obligation to do so given that I testified repeatedly in recent months that our investigation was completed. I also think it would be misleading to the American people were we not to supplement the record.”
Exploiting the opportunity. Trump Photo Credit: Reuters / Channel 2 News
Earlier today, as reported by JOL News, Clinton gave her first response to the news of the renewed investigation against her. “We are 11 days out from perhaps the most important national election of our lifetimes,” she stated during a press briefing. “Voting is already underway in our country. So the American people deserve to get the full and complete facts immediately. I’m confident that whatever they are, they will not change the conclusion reached in July (to close the case).”
Hours before Clinton issued her response, her campaign Chairman John Podesta was quick to attack the FBI’s conduct. “It is extraordinary that we would see something like this just 11 days out from a presidential election,” he stated. “FBI Director Comey should immediately provide the American public more information. We have no idea what those emails are and the Director himself notes they may not even be significant.”
The gap is shrinking. Clinton and Trump Photo Credit: Reuters / Channel 2 News
Yesterday, in a campaign event in New Hampshire, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump addressed the issue to the roaring applause of the audience, hoping that the renewed investigation will help him close the gap from Clinton in the presidential race, which currently stands at 4%. “They are reopening the case into her criminal and illegal conduct that threatens the security of the United States of America,” Trump stated. “Hillary Clinton’s corruption is on a scale we have never seen before. We must not let her take her criminal scheme into the Oval Office.”