Hillary Clinton asks FBI to disclose email details
US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Friday called on the FBI to “immediately” explain its review of a new batch of emails that the agency said appeared to be pertinent to the closed investigation into her use of a private server.
She said it was “imperative” for American voters to have all of the information with just 11 days remaining before the presidential election.
“The American people deserve to get the full and complete facts immediately,” Clinton said during a press conference in Des Moines, Iowa.
“It’s imperative that the bureau explain this issue in question, whatever it is, without further delay. We are 11 days out from perhaps the most important national election of our lifetimes,” The Guardian quoted her as saying at the press meet.
Earlier, FBI director James Comey wrote a letter to the Congress, stating: “In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation.”
Federal law enforcement officials said the emails were discovered on a laptop shared by Anthony Weiner and his estranged wife Huna Abedin, a top Clinton aide.
Weiner, a former congressman from New York, was being probed in an unrelated case of sending illicit messages and photos to a 15-year-old girl.
Clinton told reporters that she and her team were given no advance warning and learned of the email investigation through news reports when Comey’s letter was made public.
“Even director Comey noted that this new information may not be significant, so let’s get it out,” Clinton said, adding she had not been contacted by the FBI in relation to the matter.
Clinton would not confirm the link to Weiner and Abedin, who remains with her on the campaign trail, stating: “We’ve heard these rumors. We don’t know what to believe. That’s why it is incumbent upon the FBI to tell us what they’re talking about. Right now your guess is as good as mine, and I don’t think that’s good enough.”