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*-- FBI reviewing new batch of Hillary Clinton emails --*

WASHINGTON - FBI Director James Comey said the bureau is reviewing a new batch of Hillary Clinton emails, reviving a major campaign headache for the Democratic nominee less than two weeks before the election.

Comey wrote a letter to congressional leaders saying investigators have come across new emails from Clinton as part of an unrelated investigation "that appear to be pertinent" to their previous investigation of her use of a private email server. FBI agents are now combing through them to determine whether any contain classified information, or point to criminal intent in sharing those emails with people who do not have security clearance.

"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," he added.

CNN reported the emails in question were not discovered as part of the FBI's investigation into WikiLeaks and the Russian hacking of Democratic groups, or anything related to the Clinton Foundation. CNN's source would not say where the new emails came from, or if they are messages Clinton sent, received, or are a mix of the two.

This summer, Comey announced the FBI would not pursue criminal charges against Clinton for her private email setup. While he concluded Clinton was "extremely careless" with her handling of classified information on an unclassified private server, Comey said the investigation showed no criminal intent on the part of Clinton or her aides in their mishandling of classified information.

Comey also refuted repeated claims by Clinton that her private email server did not contain classified information at the time, only information that was subsequently classified as part of the ongoing email investigation and subsequent open records lawsuits seeking access to her email messages. Comey said several email chains did contain information that was classified at the time Clinton received it.

Clinton's Republican opponent Donald Trump has repeatedly said Clinton should face prison time for her private email use, leading to frequent chants at his rallies of "lock her up!"

Trump made the announcement of Comey's new letter to a raucous group of supporters on Friday, saying "Hillary Clinton's corruption is on a scale we have never seen before. We must not let her take her criminal scheme into the Oval Office.

"I have great respect for the fact the FBI and the Department of Justice are willing and have the courage to right the horrible mistake that they made."

Trump: The FBI just sent a letter to Congress informing them they have discovered new emails pertaining to Hillary Clinton's investigation. POLITICO (@politico) October 28, 2016


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