On October 28, 2016, James Comey, FBI Director, declared that he is reopening the Hillary Clinton email investigation now that “the FBI learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation.” In a letter to Congress, Comey states, “I am writing to inform you that the investigative team briefed me on this yesterday, and I agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails and determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation.” It is not known how long this investigation will take until completed; however this scandal has arisen just 11 days before the final battle between Clinton and Trump in the 2016 Presidential Election.
Earlier in the year the FBI cleared Clinton of any criminal action regarding her emails. The politician used her personal email account and personal servers for work obligations during her time as Secretary of State. Now, new emails have come up after the FBI took an electronic device from former U.S. Representative, Anthony Weiner, and his wife Huma Abedin who serves as Clinton’s Vice Chairwoman. The FBI was investigating illegal messages between Weiner and a 15-year-old girl from North Carolina. According to the bureau, new emailed related to Clinton’s case were revealed. One member of the FBI states that the emails “numbered in the tens of thousands.” This is rekindling an issue that has been vital in the presidential election and definitely something that Trump will use to his advantage.
Donald Trump has been falling behind in majority of national polls and in key states. Trump believes, “Hillary Clinton’s corruption is on a scale we have never seen before. We must not let her take her criminal scheme into the Oval Office.” After finding out about the reinvestigation, Trump went on to praise the FBI. Trump stated, “I have great respect for the fact that the F.B.I. and the D.O.J. are now willing to have the courage to right the horrible mistake that they made.” Many believe that the FBI’s decision to reopen the investigation just 11 days before the election shows the severity of the situation. On the other hand, others believe that it was a tactic to lure Trump voters in at the last minute.