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The Federal Bureau of Investigation has reopened an investigation into the Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, (R-Utah), tweeted Friday.
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
NBC news subsequently tweeted a letter written by FBI director James Comey to lawmakers, including Chaffetz.
The letter said the the FBI has “learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation” and is taking “appropriate investigative steps to determine whether they contain classified information.”
Comey told lawmakers he did not know how long the investigation would take, but the development comes less than two weeks before the presidential election, where Clinton is facing off against GOP rival Donald Trump.
In July, Comey issued a harsh assessment of Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server during her tenure as secretary of state, calling her handling of classified data “extremely careless” and suggesting that it was possible her home-based mail server had been breached by hackers.
But Comey at the time closed the case, and said he would recommend no criminal charges. He said there was a lack of evidence that Clinton had intended to expose or transmit classified data, or that she mishandled information in a willful oversight of her responsibilities.
“Our investigation looked at whether there is evidence classified information was improperly stored or transmitted on that personal system, in violation of a federal statute making it a felony to mishandle classified information either intentionally or in a grossly negligent way, or a second statute making it a misdemeanor to knowingly remove classified information from appropriate systems or storage facilities,” Comey said in July. “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.”
Trump, who is expected to capitalize on the latest FBI move, has said that Clinton would be in jail for using private e-mail if he was elected.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, (R-Wis.) tweeted that Clinton should be suspended from any classified briefings and that she “has nobody but herself to blame.
She was entrusted with some of our nation’s most important secrets, and she betrayed that trust by carelessly mishandling highly classified information.”