Hillary Clinton called on the FBI to release all the information they have that prompted the reopening of the investigation in to her email, calling the full disclosure “imperative” as the probe rocked her presidential campaign with 11 days until the election.
Mrs. Clinton on Friday said that like everyone else outside the FBI, she didn’t know what was in the email and that FBI Director James Comey owed to the American people to reveal the information to stop the spread of wild speculation.
“The director himself has said he doesn’t know whether the emails referenced in his investigation are significant or not,” Mrs. Clinton said at a hastily arranged press conference in Iowa, where she held a rally earlier.
“I’m confident whatever they are will not change the conclusion reached in July. Therefore it’s imperative that the bureau explain this issue in question, whatever it is, without any delay,” she said.
In July, Mr. Comey announced that he would not recommend charges against Mrs. Clinton, which the former secretary of state and her supporters cheered as proof that she hadn’t committed a crime.
Mr. Comey alerted Congress earlier Friday that information obtained in an unrelated investigation had prompted the reopening of the Clinton email case. According to reports, the other investigation involved Mrs. Clinton’s personal aid, Huma Abedin, and her estranged husband, Anthony Weiner, who is being investigated for sexting with an underage girl.
Asked at the press conference about Ms. Abedin’s involvement, Mrs. Clinton said had no idea.
“We’ve heard these rumors. We don’t know what to believe. And I’m sure there will be even more rumors,” she said, adding that the FBI needed to go public with the investigation to stop the guessing game.
“It is incumbent upon the FBI to tell us what they’re talking about because, right now, your guess is as good as mine, and I don’t think that’s good enough,” said Mrs. Clinton.
Mr. Comey announced in July that he would not recommend charges after a lengthy investigation of Mrs. Clinton’s secret email setup as secretary of state. However, he contradicted many of the public statements Mrs. Clinton made about the situation, including her claim not to have sent or received classified information.
He said Mrs. Clinton was “extremely careless” in handling classified material but the investigation did not uncover intent to break the law.
The Comey recommendation, which was soon followed by Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s decision not to prosecute, was sharply criticized by Republican.
Republican nominee Donald Trump said it was a prime example of the “rigged” system and Mrs. Clinton should not have been allowed to run because of her deeds.