Hillary Clinton’s private emails surface
The US presidential campaign of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton was rocked on Friday, just 11 days before the D-Day, after federal law enforcement officials said emails pertinent to the closed investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server were discovered on a computer belonging to Anthony D. Weiner, the estranged husband of a top Clinton aide, The New York Times has reported.
In a letter to the Congress, FBI director James B Comey said the emails surfaced in an unrelated case of illicit text messages from Weiner to a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina.
Weiner, a former Democratic congressman from New York, is married to Huma Abedin, the top aide.
Comey’s letter reportedly said the FBI would review the emails to determine if they improperly contained classified information, which is tightly controlled by the government. Senior law enforcement officials said that it was unclear if any of the emails were from Hillary Clinton’s private server. And while Comey said in his letter that the emails “appear to be pertinent”, the FBI had not yet examined them.
On the defensive, he said in an internal email to bureau employees that he had felt obligated to inform the Congress, and “we don’t know the significance of this newly discovered collection of emails”.
The new development in the saga over Clinton’s handling of classified information came months after the FBI closed the investigation without charging her.