FBI Director James Comey has indicated his bureau might reopen its investigation into Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she served as secretary of state, citing new emails related to the drama.
On Oct. 28, Comey sent a letter to several lawmakers announcing he had learned of new materials related to the FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s email server.
“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, according to The Hill.
The FBI director added that his investigative team “informed me on this yesterday, and I agree that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation.”
Comey did offered no details on the newly discovered emails and gave no indication of their potential impact.
“Although the FBI cannot yet assess whether or not this material may be significant, and I cannot predict how long it will take us to complete the additional work, I believe it is important to update your Committees about our efforts in light of my previous testimony,” Comey concluded.
The letter arrives nearly five months after Comey announced that the FBI would not be recommending charges against Clinton for her use of a private email server.
“Our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case,” Comey said during a press conference on July 5, reports The Atlantic. “In looking back out our investigations into mishandling or removal of classified information, we cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal charges on these facts.”
The House Oversight Committee Chairman, Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, broke the news to the world by announcing that he had received Comey’s letter.
“FBI Dir just informed me, ‘The FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation,’” Chaffetz tweeted. “Case reopened.”
To be clear, Comey did not state whether the case had been formally reopened but told lawmakers that his investigators would be assessing newly found emails. The FBI investigation may not actually be reopened; that phrasing came from Chaffetz and not Comey.
On Oct. 26, Chaffetz indicated that his committee was planning to mire Clinton in investigations, especially if she wins the November election.
“Even before we get to Day One, we’ve got two years’ worth of material already lined up,” Chaffetz told The Washington Post.
Sources: The Atlantic, The Hill, The Washington Post / Photo credit: Federal Bureau of Investigation/Flickr