In a massive “October Surprise,” the FBI has announced that it is officially reopening the investigation into current presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server for official State Department use.
The FBI had previously declared that Clinton’s use of the server was ultimately careless, but not criminal.
In letter to Senate Judiciary Cmte, FBI Director Comey writes that FBI is investigating add'l emails that were discovered
— Jesse Rodriguez (@JesseRodriguez) October 28, 2016
“I am writing to inform you that the investigative team briefed by on this yesterday, and I agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation,” FBI director James B. Comey wrote in a letter to Congress.
Here is a copy of the letter Comey sent to Congress:
House oversight committee chairman Jason Chaffetz reacted to the news of the reopening of the investigation on Twitter:
FBI Dir just informed me, "The FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation." Case reopened
— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) October 28, 2016
Taylor Foy, a spokesman for the House Judiciary Committee Republicans said “we are interested to know what else they’re going to be looking at.”
Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia), the current chair of the House Judiciary Committee, expressed positive thoughts on the decision to reopen the case and called for it to be more thorough.
“Now that the FBI has reopened the matter, it must conduct the investigation with impartiality and thoroughness,” he said in a statement. “The American people deserve no less and no one should be above the law.”
The Republican National Committee posted a large photo on Facebook calling attention to the reopening of the investigation:
In a previous address to Congress Comey had said, in reference to the emails:
“Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.”
Presidential candidate Donald Trump announced the news at a rally to roars and cheers from a packed crowd saying the FBI was reopening the investigation into Clinton’s “criminal and illegal conduct.”