The Sun reports that Hillary Clinton has blasted the decision by the FBI to reopen the investigation of her private email server.
“It is pretty strange. It’s pretty strange to put something like that out with such little information, right before an election. In fact, it’s not just strange it’s unprecedented and it’s deeply troubling.”
The FBI made the decision just over a a week before the American election on November 8, increasing the chance that the scandal will influence the election result and hurt Clinton in the polls.
Critics of Hillary Clinton argue that the email server scandal is a massive indictment on Hillary and voters deserve to be updated on the progress of any investigation as soon as new information comes to light. Indeed, one of the men in charge of the investigation told FBI employees that it was their responsibility to inform Congress and the American people about the reopening of the case.
“Of course, we don’t ordinarily tell Congress about ongoing investigations, but here I feel I also think it would be misleading to the American people were we not to supplement the record.”
Although she criticized the FBI’s decision, Clinton acknowledged that the American people have a right to know about the issue. She urged the investigators to put all the information out there “on the table.”
“Voters deserve to get full and complete facts. And so we call on Director Comey to explain everything right away.”
The scandal over Hillary Clinton’s private emails has troubled her since she began her presidential campaign. The issue goes back to Hillary’s time as Secretary of State, when she was supposed to use an official government email address but instead chose to send all her correspondence from a private email server she kept in her home.
Investigators were shocked to discover that Clinton had not sent a single email from her official address throughout her whole time as Secretary of State, according to the BBC.
“Shortly before she was sworn in as secretary of state in 2009, Hillary Clinton set up an email server at her home in Chappaqua, New York. She then relied on this server, home to the email address firstname.lastname@example.org, for all her electronic correspondence – both work-related and personal – during her four years in office.”
Clinton did not even activate her state.gov address, according to the report.
“She did not use, or even activate, a state.gov email account, which would have been hosted on servers owned and managed by the U.S. government.”
Investigators called Clinton’s approach “extremely careless” but cleared her of any wrongdoing in July, following their initial investigation. Clinton claimed that she used the private server for “convenience.”
“Her preferred email system was one the State Department inspector general found was not approved and did not comply with government rules.”
Hillary Clinton’s campaign chief John Podesta has blasted the decision to reopen the case, saying that the FBI is “short on facts.” Podesta called the whole private email case and scandal “overblown.”
Clinton’s team said that the decision could cost her on November 8.
“It is extraordinary that we would see something like this just 11 days out from a presidential election.”
The Sun reports that since the announcement about the investigation was made, Donald Trump has closed the gap in the polls, and is now neck and neck with Clinton. One ABC News/Washington Post poll showed that Clinton’s lead has narrowed significantly in the last week, dropping from a 12-point lead to just a 2-point lead.
The New York Times reveals that the FBI will be investigating “a new trove of emails” from Clinton’s private server.
Donald Trump’s running mate Mike Pence has joined Clinton’s team in urging the FBI to immediately release all the details from their new investigation.
Donald Trump himself compared the scandal to Watergate. He declared, “this changes everything.”
“I think it’s the biggest story since Watergate. I think this changes everything.”
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