With less than two days left until Election Day, FBI Director James Comey offered a reversal of sorts Sunday regarding his bombshell announcement late last month that the agency had reopened its investigation into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Comey effectively put an end to the case into then-Secretary of State Clinton’s use of a private email server to send and receive sensitive information with a public declaration in July that the FBI would not recommend an indictment against the presidential candidate.
In a stunning update less than two weeks before the general election, and after early voting had begun in states across the U.S., the director sent a letter to legislative chairmen explaining new information had prompted the bureau to reopen its investigation.
Again reversing course, Comey announced in his letter to lawmakers on Sunday that the FBI’s review of the new information referenced in his previous letter had not given agents any new cause to continue investigating the Clinton email case.
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“Based on our review,” he wrote, “we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton.”
Comey went on to credit the “extraordinary amount of high-quality work” by those at the FBI in allowing such a quick review of the information.
While many pundits believed no meaningful resolution would come from the bureau before Election Day, radio host Rush Limbaugh was among those who put forth a scenario in which the FBI reopening its case only to quickly shut it back down could ultimately benefit Clinton.
Clinton appears to have been vindicated — at least for now — in the wake of multiple campaign-trail reassurances to her supporters that the FBI had no case against her.
“The director himself has said he doesn’t know whether the emails referenced in his letter are significant or not,” the nominee said during remarks in which she also called on Comey to release all of the information agents were reviewing.
“I’m confident whatever they are will not change the conclusion reached in July,” she added.
The Clinton campaign wasted little time reacting to Sunday’s update.
“We’re glad this matter is resolved,” said communications director Jennifer Palmieri.
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