There was little reaction so far Friday from Los Angeles officials after the FBI’s chief said the agency will investigate additional emails that have surfaced related to Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server to determine whether they contain classified information, adding that it is unclear how significant the new materials may be.
In a letter to several U.S. congressional committee chairmen, FBI Director James Comey said that he “cannot predict how long it will take us to complete this additional work.”
The announcement was an unexpected development less than two weeks before the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 8, where Clinton is the Democratic Party’s candidate and the front-runner in opinion polls. The mystery revelation apparently came as the FBI investigated former Congressman Anthony Weiner and his repeated “sexting.” That probe was not initially involved in any Clinton email issues, but Weiner’s estranged wife was a top Clinton aide. Apparently there may have been some email issues on a phone in that investigation.
Clinton herself told an Iowa news conference Friday the FBI should make public all the information it has in the investigation so that voters can know what’s going on as Americans cast ballots in early voting and election day looms a week from Tuesday.
The FBI spent about a year investigating Clinton’s use of an unauthorized private email server for her work as U.S. secretary of state between 2009 and 2013 after it emerged that there were classified government secrets in some of her emails.
The government forbids transmitting classified information outside secure channels. In July, Comey said there was evidence that Clinton and her staff may have broken laws, but that no reasonable prosecutor would bring charges.
“In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation,” Comey wrote in the letter released on Friday. He provided no further details about the nature of the emails or the other case.
He wrote that the FBI “cannot yes assess whether or not this material may be significant.”
Spokesmen for Clinton did not immediately respond to a request for comment. She has previously apologized for her email arrangement, saying it was a mistake.
Right-wing commentary exploded.
Not so fast, Hillary.
— Linda Suhler, Ph.D. (@LindaSuhler) October 28, 2016
Our pressure and hard work has paid off folks. The @FBI is reopening the investigation into Crooked Hillary’s emails. New emails found! ???
— GOPjenna (@GOPjenna) October 28, 2016
— Hispanics for Trump (@HispanicsTrump) October 28, 2016
— Reuters contributed to this report