Justice Department to 'Expeditiously' Tackle Revived Clinton Email Probe

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign rally in Cincinnati Oct. 31 2016. REUTERS  Brian Snyder

Last week, the former congressman caught flack for encouraging supporters to take up arms if Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump loses the election. Donald Trump, trailing in the polls, seized on it instantly and bloviated about Clinton's transgression - whatever it might be.

The incendiary - and unproven - claim by the Senate minority leader came in a letter in which Reid attacked Comey for his disclosure that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is reviewing new information on the Clinton e-mail case, less than two weeks before Election Day.

The U.S. Justice Department said Monday that it will try to reach a quick conclusion of the latest probe into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's emails. Comey was also concerned that word of the new email discovery would leak to the media and raise questions of a coverup, the officials said.

Clinton's campaign, meanwhile, has described the letter as "long on innuendo and short on facts" and allowed Republicans to taint Clinton's imagine in the final days of the election.

He called Comey "a man of integrity" but said "good men make mistakes". "Through your partisan actions, you may have broken the law", Reid wrote in a letter to Comey.

"Mr Comey has faced a fierce backlash for announcing on Friday, just 11 days before the presidential election, that the FBI is investigating new emails that may be linked to its probe into Mrs Clinton's private email server".

Clinton and Democrats were delighted when Comey suspended his investigation in July, saying that while Clinton was "sloppy" with the way she handled her emails, she did nothing criminal.

But Adams says the reopening of the investigation might affect the election. Comey acted independently when he sent several members of Congress a letter about the emails on Friday, said one of the officials. Law enforcement officials have been investigating Russia's role in the presidential campaign and any ties to Trump or his senior advisers, but have found no conclusive, direct link, the New York Times reported on Monday. As part of the process in 2015 of returning her work-related emails to the State Department, Abedin said she "looked for all the devices that may have any of my State Department" work and provided two laptops and a Blackberry to her lawyers for review. "Unfortunately, your letter failed to give Congress and the American people enough context to evaluate the significance or full meaning of this development".

Abedin has worked for Clinton since she was a 19-year-old White House intern in the 1990s, and Clinton has likened her to a second daughter.

"I didn't have a practice of managing my mailbox other than leaving what was in there sitting in there", Abedin said. What we don't know is whether they contain any classified material or could have any bearing on the previous investigation.



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