Hillary Clinton and her campaign organization on Saturday slammed FBI director James B. Comey for coming out to disclose that the FBI was investigating a new batch of email messages from her private server, alleging Mr Comey was a threat to her presidential candidacy as the timing was ‘deeply troubling’ while her rival Donald Trump blasted her, saying she was trying to ‘politicize’ FBI’s investigations.
FBI director James Comey sent a letter to congressional leaders on Friday informing them of
the existence of new emails that could be relevant to the agency’s investigation into Clinton’s private email use four months after clearing Hillary of any ‘wrong doing in use of private email servers while secretary of state’ .
At the time (July), Comey called Clinton “extremely careless” for the way she handled confidential information, but indicated there would be no criminal charges filed in the case.
The letter on Friday also stated that the FBI was now assessing “whether or not this material may be significant” and if they contained classified information.
The emails according to the FBI, were found on the electronic devices of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin and her separated husband, former Congressman Anthony Weiner, who was being investigated by the FBI separately for his sexting practices.
‘Some of you may have heard about a letter [from] the FBI director,” Clinton said at a rally in Daytona Beach, Florida, on Saturday, while the crowd booed.
“If you’re like me, you probably have a few questions about it. It is pretty strange — it’s pretty strange to put something like that out with such little information right before an election.”
“In fact,” she continued, “it’s not just strange. It’s unprecedented, and it’s deeply troubling because voters deserve to get full and complete facts. We’ve called on Director Comey to explain everything right away and put it all out on the table.”
She also blasted Donald Trump, saying he’ll seize on the opportunity to ‘confuse the American people’
“He is doing his best to confuse, mislead and discourage the American people,”. “I think it is time for Donald Trump to stop fear-mongering, to stop disgracing himself, to stop attacking our democracy. We can’t let him get away with this.”
Top members of her campaign organization also blasted the FBI’s decision to send the letter with barely nine days to the US presidential election.
John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chairman characterized Comey’s letter as “long on innuendo and short on facts,” adding that the campaign stood by Abedin and that the emails weren’t about Hillary.
“There’s no evidence of wrongdoing, no charge of wrongdoing, no indication that this was even about Hillary,” he said.
Trump in response to the FBI letter , praised them for finally coming for Hillary and also suggesting the Department of Justice was trying to protect Hillary Clinton.
“As you’ve heard, it was just announced yesterday that the FBI is reopening their investigation into the criminal conduct and the illegal conduct of Hillary Clinton,” Trump said. “Hillary has nobody but herself to blame for her mounting legal difficulties,” he said.
“Her criminal action was willful, deliberate, intentional and purposeful,” he continued. “Hillary set up an illegal server for the obvious purpose of shielding her criminal conduct from public disclosure and exposure,” he said, “knowing full well that her actions put our national security at risk. Hillary Clinton’s corruption is corrosive to the soul of our nation and it must be stopped,” he said. ‘Haven’t we had enough of the Clinton’s?
“As John Podesta said, Clinton’s got bad instincts’ “Well, she’s got bad instincts when her emails are on Anthony Weiner’s wherever,” Trump added suggestively.
‘The Department of Justice is trying so hard to protect Hillary,” Trump declared. “There are those — and I happen to be one of them — who think Hillary Clinton offered Loretta Lynch a reappointment as attorney general.”
“Folks, we’re living in a third-world country. This has never happened before. This is the lowest point in terms of our judicial system. This is the lowest point in the history of our country. Remember that. And when I talk about a rigged system, let’s see what happens,” he added.
‘ I have great respect for the fact that the FBI and the Department of Justice are now willing to have the courage to right the horrible mistake that they made,” said Trump. “This was a grave miscarriage of justice that the American people fully understood. And it is everybody’s hope that it is about to be corrected.”
“It might not be as rigged as I thought, right?” said Trump. “The FBI, I think they are going to right the ship, folks. I think they are going to right the ship.”