FBI Director James Comey announced in July that he would not be seeking charges against Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for using a private email server during her time as secretary of state.
Now things have changed.
Comey wrote a letter to Congress signaling that he would be reopening the email probe.
“In previous congressional testimony, I referred to the fact that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had completed its investigation of former Secretary Clinton’s personal server. Due to recent developments, I am writing to supplement my previous testimony,” he wrote.
In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation. I am writing to inform you that the investigative team briefed me on this yesterday, and I agreed 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 asses their importance to our investigation.
Comey said it is not known whether “this material may be significant.”
The chief law enforcement officer called Clinton “extremely careless” in his 15-minute speech before the nation last July and said it was “possible that hostile actors gained access to Hillary Clinton’s personal email account.”
But Comey also asserted at the time that “No reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, confirmed the news via Twitter.
“‘The FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation.’ Case reopened,” Chaffetz tweeted.
FBI Dir just informed me, "The FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation." Case reopened
— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) October 28, 2016
Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, also weighed in:
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) October 28, 2016
h/t: New York Post