'Thank you Huma, good job. Thank you Anthony Weiner' - Donald Trump delights in 'devastating' Hillary Clinton email scandal
Donald Trump last night predicted the email scandal would be "absolutely devastating" to Hillary Clinton as he sought to steal safe Democratic states away from his rival.
He sardonically thanked Huma Abedin and her disgraced, estraged husband, for their roles in the Clinton email controversy that has engulfed her campaign.
"Thank you Huma, good job. Thank you Anthony Weiner," he said.
Suggesting that, if Mrs Clinton wins she could face impeachment and a criminal trial as president, he said: "Her election would mire our government and our country in a constitutional crisis that we cannot afford."
James Comey, the FBI director, announced on Friday a fresh probe into Mrs Clinton's use of a private email server for classified government communication.
The new emails were discovered on a device seized during an unrelated underage sexting investigation into former New York congressman Mr Weiner.
Sources told CNN that Mr Comey will not release any further information to the public on the investigation until the review was complete, which is highly unlikely to happen before election day next Tuesday, November 8.
The most relevant of the 650,000 emails linked to the Clinton campaign could be identified by election day, it was claimed last night. However, anaylsis of their contents and significance will take much longer.
“These kinds of cases by their very nature are painstaking and involve layers of complexity beyond run-of-the-mill investigations,” said Paul Pelletier, a former Justice Department official.
The Clinton campaign yesterday accused Mr Comey of applying a double standard when it comes to the presidential candidates after the the FBI director was reportedly opposed to releasing information close to election day about Russian interference in the presidential race.
Citing a CNBC report, Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said it was evidence of a "blatant double standard".
Mr Mook called on Mr Comey to "immediately explain this incongruence and apply the same standard to Donald Trump's associates as he has applied to Hillary Clinton's."
The report said that Mr Comey had ensured that the FBI's name was not on a document that the US government put out accusing Russia of meddling in the US election. The FBI declined to comment.
On the campaign trail in Ohio yesterday, Mrs Clinton asserted that: "There is no case here."
She said she was "not making excuses" for her use of a personal email address and personal server at the State Department. And that if the FBI wants to investigate emails involving one of her closest aides, "they should look at them".
But she repeated she was sure the FBI would reach the same conclusion it did earlier this year, when the bureau decided against prosecuting Mrs Clinton and her advisers for their handling of classified information.
She stated voting for Mr Trump could "plunge us into a war" because of his unpredictability.
"Imagine him in the Oval Office facing a real crisis," she said. "Imagine him plunging us into a war because somebody got under his very thin skin. I hope you'll think about that when you cast your vote."