Monday 19 February 2018

Email use continues to haunt Clinton as FBI reopens case

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton points to a member of the audience after speaking at a rally at NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton points to a member of the audience after speaking at a rally at NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

David Lawler in Washington

HILLARY CLINTON was last night once again at the centre of a criminal investigation after the FBI announced it was reopening the case into her use of a private email server.

The FBI director James Comey revealed that "recent developments" had convinced his team to reopen the case into Mrs Clinton, which was concluded in July.

Mr Comey said that, while working on an "unrelated case", his team had come across "emails that appear pertinent to the investigation" into Mrs Clinton.

The new emails were discovered after the FBI seized electronic devices belonging to long-time Clinton aide Huma Abedin and husband Anthony Weiner - who is being investigated over allegations he sent sexually explicit texts to a 15-year-old girl.

Mrs Clinton was initially investigated after it emerged that she received emails to an unauthorised private email server for her work as US Secretary of State between 2009 and 2013.

Mr Comey closed the investigation after determining that there was insufficient evidence that Mrs Clinton compromised classified government secrets contained in the emails, which became public when they were released on the WikiLeaks website.

With just 11 days until the US presidential election, Mrs Clinton, who is five points ahead of rival Donald Trump according to an aggregate of polls, will now face questions about her suitability for office.

Last night, Mr Trump said the investigation into Mrs Clinton was "bigger than Watergate".

"Hillary Clinton's corruption is on a scale we have never seen before. We must not let her take her criminal scheme into the Oval Office," he said.

The Republican candidate congratulated the FBI for having the courage to "right the horrible mistake" it made by closing its initial investigation.


However, she did not address the news during her speech and instead stuck to a scripted address. Reporters on her plane said her staff were unaware of the news before landing for the rally.

Tim Kaine, Mrs Clinton's running mate, was also caught unawares.

US markets dipped as news of the FBI investigation broke.

The Dow Jones dropped more than 150 points, while the so-called volatility index spiked to levels that had not been seen in two weeks.

On the currency markets, the dollar fell, with sterling rebounding above $1.22, having been trading around the $1.213 mark earlier in the day.

The new developments in the case emerged in a letter sent from Mr Comey to members of Congress.

Mr Comey, who has previously given evidence to Congress on the case, said he wanted to "supplement my previous testimony" having learnt about the new lines of inquiry only on Thursday.

In his letter, Mr Comey said it was not yet clear whether the new material was significant.

It would be nearly impossible for the FBI to conclude its work before election day, legal experts said. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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