FBI Director James Comey revealed the new activity in the case in a letter to Republican chairmen of different congressional committees.
“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.
The information, which Comey did not disclose, comes from devices used by disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner, accoring to The New York Times. Weiner is being investigated for allegedly texting explicit messages to a 15-year-old girl.
The news of the the FBI’s move immediately roiled the presidential contest, with numerous Republicans jumping on the news and using it against Clinton.
Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta fired off a statement questioning the timing and downplaying the news. He also demanded that the bureau release full details of the information it has uncovered.
“Upon completing this investigation more than three months ago, FBI Director Comey declared no reasonable prosecutor would move forward with a case like this and added that it was not even a close call. In the months since, Donald Trump and his Republican allies have been baselessly second-guessing the FBI and, in both public and private, browbeating the career officials there to revisit their conclusion in a desperate attempt to harm Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.“FBI Director Comey should immediately provide the American public more information than is contained in the letter he sent to eight Republican committee chairmen. Already, we have seen characterizations that the FBI is ‘reopening’ an investigation but Comey’s words do not match that characterization. Director Comey’s letter refers to emails that have come to light in an unrelated case, but we have no idea what those emails are and the Director himself notes they may not even be significant.“It is extraordinary that we would see something like this just 11 days out from a presidential election.“The Director owes it to the American people to immediately provide the full details of what he is now examining. We are confident this will not produce any conclusions different from the one the FBI reached in July.”
Clinton did not address the matter herself at a rally in Iowa, and did not take questions from reporters as she left her plane.