FBI Director Comey to Further Investigate Clinton Emails

The following is from a letter to several U.S. Senate Committee Chairs from FBI Director James B. Comey in which the Director states that they will be further investigating emails by Hillary Clinton:

Dear Messrs Chairmen:

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 email server. Due to recent developments, I am writing to supplement my previous testimony.

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 assess their importance to our investigation.

Although the FBI cannot yet assess whether or not this material may be significant, and I cannot predict how long it will take us to complete this additional work, I believe it is important to update your Committees about our efforts in light of my previous testimony.

Sincerely yours,

James B. Comey, Director

Re. Tom Price (R, GA-6) shared his response to the news via Facebook:

“Secretary Clinton sent emails that contained classified information over an unsecure server. Through her reckless actions, she risked our national security. She put at risk intelligence that may affect American lives and our nation’s most vulnerable security assets.

I’ve been skeptical all along that Hillary Clinton—the former first lady, a former senator and member of the Armed Services Committee, and a former Secretary of State – ‘did not know she was violating the law.’;

Hopefully the FBI reopening its investigation will shed light on the truth and help begin to restore Americans’ faith in our government.”

Rep Buddy Carter (R, GA-1) shared his opinion:

“Today’s announcement is welcome, but long overdue. Months ago FBI Director Comey laid out a case against Hillary Clinton and confirmed she has been lying to the American people then all of a sudden said there would be no charges. The FBI Director himself said if someone else would have engaged in this activity they would face consequences. No one is above the law, including Hillary Clinton, and I call on the FBI to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation.

In light of this announcement today, I look forward to working with Chairman Jason Chaffetz and my colleagues on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to finally reveal the truth for the American people.”

U.S. Senator David Perdue also opined this evening:

“I applaud the FBI’s decision to reopen the investigation into Secretary Clinton’s private email server. It’s clear that Secretary Clinton acted with extreme carelessness while handling classified information. In the U.S. Senate, we have taken several steps to hold her accountable for her actions. Recently, I joined several of my colleagues to introduce the Taking Responsibility Using Secured Technologies (TRUST) Act, which would revoke Secretary Clinton’s security clearance. Additionally, as Chairman of the Subcommittee on State Department and USAID Management, I will continue to advance the Securing Our Secrets (SOS) Act, which explicitly prohibits all State Department officials from using private email accounts and servers to handle classified information. Ultimately, this type of careless behavior cannot be allowed to continue.”

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