- Title: FBI to review more emails related to Clinton's private email use -letter
- Date: 28th October 2016
- Summary: WASHINGTON DC, UNITED STATES (OCTOBER 28, 2016) (STATE TV) UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN MARK TONER WALKING TOWARDS PODIUM (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN MARK TONER SAYING: "First what do we know? Not much more than you know, in fact about the same. We just learned about this when we saw news reports of the letter, so at this point I'd have to refer you to the FBI for any more details about what e-mails they may be looking at, what they're looking for, anymore details at all. We just don't know anything about the scope of this new, I am not even sure if it's an investigation, but this effort to look at additional e-mails and we don't know if these e-mails will not pertain to her time while she was State Department. We just don't have any more information at this time." JOURNALIST (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN MARK TONER SAYING: "So again I think we're just at the point here where we're trying to figure out what these e-mails even pertain, to whether they're relevant to her time as secretary of state. Can't make any assumptions at this point, that they are but they may be, as much as they are we'll certainly seek to work with the FBI if they ask us to. But I just don't have any more details to provide at this point."
- Embargoed: 12th November 2016 18:00
- Keywords: Emails Democrats Hillary Clinton investigations State Department
- Location: WASHINGTON DC, HEMPSTEAD, NEW YORK, PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES / VALLETTA, MALTA
- City: WASHINGTON DC, HEMPSTEAD, NEW YORK, PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES / VALLETTA, MALTA
- Country: Various
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
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- Story Text: The U.S. State Department said on Friday (October 28) it will cooperate with an FBI investigation covering additional emails that have surfaced related to Hillary Clinton's use of a person email server.
"We'll certainly seek to work with the FBI if they ask us to. But I just don't have any more details to provide at this point," State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters.
Clinton's campaign was hit on Friday (October 28) by the FBI's reopening of its investigation into her use of a private email server while secretary of state, eroding a political boost from a strong U.S. economic report.
With just 11 days to go before the Nov. 8 election, FBI Director James Comey said in a letter to several congressional Republicans that the agency had learned of the existence of emails that appeared to be pertinent to its investigation.
In the letter to several U.S. congressional committee chairmen, Federal Bureau of Investigation 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 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."
Republican Donald Trump's campaign reacted with glee. His campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, said on Twitter that "a great day in our campaign just got even better."
Clinton was campaigning on Friday (October 28) in Iowa, where polls show she and Trump running neck-and-neck, and in Michigan, a traditionally Democratic state hit hard by the movement offshore of many formerly well-paying American manufacturing jobs.
Trump was holding rallies in Iowa as well as in another closely contested swing state, New Hampshire, and in Maine, where his campaign sees a chance to grab one of four electoral votes.
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