Remember those new emails found by the FBI while it was investigating someone not named Hillary Clinton? Remember how the FBI director broke a respected long-standing agreement between the federal agency and the Department of Justice not to leak information regarding an ongoing investigation? Now it turns out that emails found on a computer used by a top Clinton aide that were linked to Hillary Clinton were a whole bunch of nothing.
“Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July,” FBI Director James Comey said in a letter sent to congressional leaders Sunday, CNN reports.
And what the agency had found in July was that Clinton should not face criminal charges that she destroyed classified emails.
Comey apparently acted recklessly last month when he sent a letter to Congress saying that the FBI had discovered emails that could be connected to an earlier investigation involving Clinton. CNN notes that it will be impossible to tell what impact, if any, Comey’s action will have on the election.
“Today’s letter makes Director Comey’s actions nine days ago even more troubling,” Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said in a statement, CNN reports. “There’s no doubt that it created a false impression about the nature of the agency’s inquiry.”
Comey’s admission that there was nothing of note in the newly discovered emails didn’t stop Donald Trump from trying to use all of the brouhaha to his advantage.
“You can’t review 650,000 new emails in eight days. You can’t do it, folks,” Trump said during a rally in Sterling Heights, Mich. “Hillary Clinton is guilty. She knows it, the FBI knows it, the people know it, and now it’s up to the American people to deliver justice at the ballot box on November 8.”
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