#AceNewsReport – Nov.06: Rep. Jason Chaffetz says FBI Director James Comey informs House members that agency has not changed its July conclusion regarding Hillary Clinton’s use of personal email server
In a letter to several committee chairmen released Sunday, FBI Director James Comey announced that the FBI has not changed its July conclusion regarding Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of State.
New Comey letter: FBI has not changed its conclusion regarding Clinton use of personal email server pic.twitter.com/IdKT1gweMf
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) November 6, 2016
House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz made waves Sunday afternoon, as the first person to tweet about the FBI letter.
FBI Dir just informed us “Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Sec Clinton”
— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) November 6, 2016
After announcing in July that he would not recommend criminal charges over the Democratic nominee’s use of the private server, the matter cropped up again late last month.
Comey sent a letter to lawmakers on Oct. 28 informing them that the bureau had found emails potentially relevant to the investigation into Clinton’s server and would be digging into them with just weeks to go until Election Day.
In the Sunday letter, Comey wrote: “Since my letter, the FBI investigative team has been working around the clock to process and review a large volume of emails from a device obtained in connection with an unrelated criminal investigation.
“During that process we reviewed all of the communications that were to or from Hillary Clinton while she was Secretary of State.
“Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton.”
The emails were reportedly found during a separate FBI investigation into former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.). Weiner is the estranged husband of one of Clinton’s top aides, Huma Abedin.
In the week that followed the first letter, the Clinton campaign, Democratic lawmakers, and some Republicans criticized Comey, arguing he violated longstanding Justice Department practice not take steps in an investigation that could affect an election.
The FBI said it had some 650,000 new emails to sort through, raising questions about whether a conclusion would come before Election Day.
The ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, quickly responded to the news.
“As expected, the review of the additional emails has not changed the FBI’s original conclusion that no reasonable prosecutor would move forward with such a case,” he wrote.
“While the original letter should never have been sent so close to an election, the expeditious review of these emails should put to rest – once and for all – the irresponsible speculation indulged in by the Trump campaign and others. Voters can now make their decision based on the merits, and that decision should be simple: it is the choice between a woman superbly qualified to be commander in chief, and a man patently unfit for office.”
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