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Blow for Hillary Clinton as FBI reopens email probe

FBI director says the bureau is investigating newly found emails related to presidential candidate's private server.

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The FBI says it will investigate whether there is classified information in newly discovered emails related to Hillary Clinton's private servers, reinjection one of the most toxic political issues into the presidential campaign less than two weeks before Election Day.

The FBI had announced in July that its investigation into the Democratic presidential candidate’s email practices had concluded with a recommendation of no criminal charges in the matter.

But in a letter sent to members of Congress on Friday, James Comey, the FBI’s director, said new emails had been discovered in an "unrelated" case.

It was not clear from Comey's letter where the new emails came from or who sent or received them. He said he did not know how long it would take to review the emails, or whether the new information was significant.

Officials speaking to US media said the new trove of emails that will be examined by the FBI emerged from a sexting investigation of Anthony Weiner, a former congressman who is the estranged husband of Clinton aide Huma Abedin. 

Officials told NBC News the emails were found on a laptop that Weiner allegedly used to send inappropriate text messages and pictures to an underage girl.

Investigators also discovered that Abedin had used the same laptop to send emails to Clinton and now they are checking those messages to see if there was any classified information on them, the sources said.

'Not as rigged as I thought'

Within minutes of the news, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump used Comey's letter to attack Clinton on the campaign trail.

He said the political system "might not be as rigged as I thought" now that the FBI has decided to investigate new emails found.

At a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, Trump praised the FBI, saying "I think they are going to right the ship, folks"

That is a new tune for Trump, who has repeatedly complained that the Washington establishment has rigged the political system against him.


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The chairman of Clinton's presidential campaign said Comey owes it to the American people to immediately provide the full details of what his agents are now examining related to the Democratic nominee.

John Podesta said Comey's letter was extraordinary, coming just 11 days before the presidential election. He added that he was confident the new information will not produce any conclusions different from the one the FBI reached in July, when the bureau ended its investigation.

A yearlong investigation by the FBI focused on whether Clinton sent or received classified information using the private server located in the basement of her New York home, which was not authorized to handle such messages.

A new poll, conducted before Friday's news, gave Clinton a lead of 6 percentage points over Trump.

The Reuters/Ipsos tracking poll suggested Trump is losing support among women.

The October 21-27 opinion poll found 42 percent of people who either voted already or expect to vote in the November 8 election supporting Clinton, versus 36 percent backing Trump. Clinton's lead a week ago was 4 points.


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