Posted: 3:32 pm Sunday, November 6th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
Just two days before the election, the FBI Director has informed Congress that new emails belonging to a top Clinton aide have changed nothing in the bureau’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails from her time as Secretary of State, meaning there is no change in the decision to not to charge Clinton with any crimes.
That news was relayed first by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, one of the panels that has doggedly pursued Clinton in recent months.
FBI Dir just informed us "Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Sec Clinton"
— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) November 6, 2016
“We were always confident nothing would cause the July decision to be revisited,” said Brian Fallon, a spokesman for the Clinton Campaign. “Now Director Comey has confirmed it.”
The news was a rare ray of light for Democrats on the email issue, which has hung over Clinton and her campaign like a black cloud for months.
In his letter, the FBI Director said his agents had “working around the clock” to review emails that had been found on a device shared by ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) and his estranged wife, Huma Abedin, a top aide to Clinton.
“During that process, we reviewed all of the communications that were to or from Hillary Clinton while she was Secretary of State,” Comey added, saying his original determination not to charge Clinton had not changed.
Comey letter: "We have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton." pic.twitter.com/aa1eG4JZFo
— MJ Lee (@mj_lee) November 6, 2016
The original letter from Comey – just nine days ago – had sparked a firestorm in the press, and from the Trump campaign, leading to a drop in the polls.
At a rally in Minnesota – not long after the FBI news arrived – Trump did not mention the developments, but again blasted Clinton, charging the Justice Department was protecting her.
“It’s a rigged system, and she’s protected,” Trump said, as he again said electing Clinton would mean four years of distractions.
Trump on Clinton: "The rank and file special agents at the FBI won't let her get away with her terrible crimes"
— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) November 7, 2016
“She will be under investigation for a very long, long time, for the crimes she has committed against our nation, our people, our democracy,” Trump said to cheers at a tarmac rally.
But unlike rallies over the last week, Trump did not talk about the extra emails uncovered by the feds – which evidently had nothing of import for the Clinton investigation.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.