The latest twist in the Hillary Clinton emails saga has led to campaign manager John Podesta demanding full details from the FBI over emails apparently linked to Clinton’s server.
Podesta, who was discussing the announcement on CNN‘s State of the Union, was critical of FBI Director James Comey’s decision to announce the email investigation when the FBI reportedly hadn’t investigated enough to know exactly what it had on its hands.
Podesta, who is at the center of his own email scandal after WikiLeaks started posting from his compromised Gmail account, also questioned the timing of the Hillary Clinton emails news, less than two weeks away from the presidential election.
“He might have taken the first step of actually having looked at them before he did this in the middle of a presidential campaign, so close to the voting.
“This is something that has been tossed into the middle of the campaign. We would have preferred that that not happen, but now that it has happened, we would prefer that Mr. Comey come forward and explain why he took that unprecedented step.”
He additionally asked if the Clinton announcement was “something you toss on the table, or do you take the time and do what other prosecutors have done in the past and make sure it’s so significant that you have to go forward with it?”
On Friday, Comey revealed in a letter to Congress that the bureau was investigating further emails linked to Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
The emails were discovered on a laptop used by Abedin and Weiner that was obtained in an FBI investigation of Weiner over lewd texts he apparently sent to a 15-year-old girl. The bureau found with tens of thousands of Abedin’s emails on the computer, apparently including some between her and Hillary Clinton, and Comey said the FBI would examine whether there was classified information included in those emails.
Questions were quickly raised over Comey’s decision to send the letter over apparent Hillary Clinton emails, especially when he admitted that he was briefed on the existence of the emails on Thursday, and was not sure if they were significant, according to The New York Times.
A complaint was filed with the Department of Justice against Comey for apparently interfering with the election after he made the emails announcement, as the Inquisitr previously reported. DOJ officials had warned Comey against sending the letter to Congress over alleged Hillary Clinton emails but did so anyway.
When speaking with Jake Tapper, Podesta defended Abedin.
“I think it’s clear that [Abedin] complied to the best of her abilities, turned everything over that she had in her possession. I don’t know anything more than the speculation that’s running wild in the press now what this is about,” he said.
Podesta confirmed to Tapper that Abedin was still operating in her same role with the Clinton campaign, after Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump questioned whether Abedin would remain in her post.
The mystery behind the latest Hillary Clinton emails scandal deepened after The Washington Post reported Abedin had no idea how the emails got onto that computer, which she didn’t often use.
Clinton herself criticized Comey and called for the FBI to release full details of the latest emails investigation. Her campaign slammed the FBI director, claiming he was using innuendo to smear Clinton and that he violated DOJ rules in sending the letter to Congress, according to The New York Times.
Comey in the summer closed the investigation over Clinton’s use of a private server for her emails, claiming that while she’d been careless in using the server, she had not committed a crime.
Given the timing of Comey’s announcement, it is unclear that the FBI will have enough time to discover any classified information in the emails and make them public before the election. However, the latest Hillary Clinton emails swerve could prove the smoking gun critics Clinton’s opponents were looking for to hurt her and Democrats across the board in the election, even if they don’t actually contain any classified details.
[Featured Image by Andrew Harnik/AP Photo]