Clinton camp attacks FBI over email move

Clinton camp attacks FBI over email move
Clinton camp attacks FBI over email move

International Desk: Hillary Clinton`s presidential campaign team has challenged the FBI over its decision to brief US lawmakers on a new inquiry into the Democratic candidate`s email use.

FBI Director James Comey informed Congress of the move in a letter on Friday, 11 days before the election.
Mrs Clinton told supporters the move, was “unprecedented” and “deeply troubling”.

But Republican opponent Donald Trump has praised the bureau`s decision.

In his letter to Congress, Mr Comey said the FBI had learned of fresh emails which might be “pertinent” to its previous inquiry into the Democratic candidate`s use of a private server when she was secretary of state in the Obama administration.

Mr Comey has defended the move, insisting that not making it public would be “misleading” and also risked being “misunderstood”, given that the FBI does not know the significance of the newly found emails.

Speaking to supporters in Florida on Saturday, Mrs Clinton said: “It`s not just strange, it`s unprecedented. And it is deeply troubling because voters deserve to get full and complete facts.

“So we`ve called on Director Comey to explain everything right away, put it all out on the table.”

Mrs Clinton has said she is confident the investigation into the emails will not change the FBI`s original finding in July, which criticised her but cleared her of any illegal acts.

Mr Comey has been heavily criticised by Clinton supporters – and according to the New York Times, justice department officials – for his decision to make the information public so close to polling day.

In a memo he acknowledged “we do not ordinarily tell Congress about ongoing investigations”. But he said he felt an “obligation” to do so given that he had previously testified that the FBI investigation was complete.

Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta said the information provided by Mr Comey was “long on innuendo” and “short on facts”.

There was, he said, “no evidence of wrongdoing. No charge of wrongdoing. No indication this is even about Hillary”.