The investigation into the handling of classified information on a private email server by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was reopened over the weekend.
On Friday, during an election cycle that has already been tumultuous and full of surprises, news broke that FBI director James Comey was beginning a further investigation into the Clinton email controversy.
According to USAToday.com, the new emails which are possibly relevant to the Clinton case were discovered during an investigation into the conduct of former New York congressman Anthony Weiner.
Weiner is suspected of having sexually inappropriate communications with a 15-year-old girl. Significantly, Weiner’s estranged wife, Huma Abedin, is one of Clinton’s top aides.
While agents investigated Weiner’s emails, they discovered that Abedin had communicated from Weiner’s laptop using Clinton’s email server.
Comey decided, according to CNN.com, that these new emails “appear to be pertinent” to the previously closed Clinton email server case and said the FBI needs to further investigate.
Not much is yet known about the content of the emails, but the reactions have been strong in both the democratic and republican camps.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who was lagging in most polls, is reportedly gaining on Clinton after the scandal broke.
"We never thought we were going to say thank you to Anthony Weiner," Mr Trump declared at a rally in Las Vegas on Sunday, according to Indepentend UK News.
Many democrats, however, allege that Comey acted without precedent and even criminally by sharing the news of the new emails just 11 days before the election.
In a pointed interview, CNN’s Jake Tapper questioned Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, about the controversy.
“Clinton didn’t follow protocols when she started her email server. Huma Abedin didn’t turn over that computer. Weiner was doing what he was doing. And you and the Clinton campaign seem to be blaming Comey for being transparent with Congress. What was he supposed to do?” asked Tapper.
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Publication date: October 31, 2016