While the case investigating Clinton’s server was never closed, according to CBS News, the new information was discovered after federal investigators seized electronic devices belonging to Clinton confidante, Huma Abedin, and her disgraced former Congressman husband Anthony Weiner, according to the New York Times.
Weiner is being investigated by the FBI for sending illicit text messages to a 15-year-old girl, the Times reports. The Daily Mail in September reported that the former New York Congressman had been sexting a girl, now 17, in 2013.
FBI Director James Comey said in a letter to Congress, “In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation. I am writing to inform you that the investigative team briefed me on this yesterday, and I agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation,” CNBC reports.
In his letter amending his public testimony, Comey said he was unsure how long the new probe would last. The latest revelations come 11 days before Election Day and nearly a month after early voting has begun in some states.
Comey said in July that Clinton would not be prosecuted in the email scandal, which included some 30,000 emails used on Clinton’s private server set up in her New York home’s basement while she served as Secretary of State. According to sources cited by CBS News, the investigation into Clinton’s email server use was never officially closed:
“Although the Department of Justice makes final decisions on matters like this, we are expressing to Justice our view that no charges are appropriate in this case,” Comey said in July.
Because of the vague explanation from Comey, some are calling on the FBI director to divulge more information.
Asked by NBC News what the new probe included, a Clinton campaign spokesperson said, “No idea.”
When the news broke, Clinton’s plane was still in midair. After touching down and deplaning, Clinton waved to supporters but didn’t respond to a yelling journalist.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was at a rally in New Hampshire when the information surfaced. He opened his rally “with a very critical, breaking news announcement.”
“…And they are re-opening the case into her criminal and illegal conduct taht threatens the security of the United States of America,” Trump said. “Hillary Clinton’s corruption is on a scale we’ve never seen before. We must not let her take her criminal scheme into the Oval Office.”
Trump added that he has respect for the FBI and Justice Department who are “now willing to have the courage to right the horrible mistake they made” of not prosecuting her.