FBI Director on Emails that Dominated the Last 10 Days of the Election: Never Mind

by Tara Culp-Ressler –

James Comey hasn’t found any new evidence against Hillary Clinton.

FBI Director James Comey hasn’t found any new evidence to recommend a renewed investigation into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

Back in July, Comey concluded that charges should not be brought against Hillary Clinton over her decision to use a private server while serving as secretary of state. But a little more than a week ago, Comey informed Congress that he was taking a new look into some of Clinton’s emails — a bombshell that rocked the coverage of the Clinton campaign in the final days before the 2016 presidential election.

Now, the director says it was all little more than a red herring. He hasn’t found anything new to contradict the FBI’s previous position that there isn’t enough evidence to bring any charges against Clinton.

In a new letter, Comey writes that “we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton.”

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Breaking – new letter from FBI Director Comey says conclusions re Clinton server from July have not changed

At the end of October, Comey said he had obtained emails that could be relevant to the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server.

Although the details were vague, the announcement was quickly misconstrued to suggest the FBI was “reopening” its previous investigation into Clinton’s emails, which is not entirely accurate.

The new emails — discovered on the computer of Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin — did not offer any additional insight into the case. Weiner’s computer merely contained duplicate or personal emails, according to NBC News’ Pete Williams.

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Cause and effect definitely *not* totally clear, but Clinton went from 81% in our forecast pre-Comey letter to 65% now.

Comey’s initial letter sparked a lot of criticism given the timing. FBI guidelines stipulate the agency should not use its power to influence the outcome of an election. But there’s no doubt that Comey’s decision to publicly announce a review of additional emails drove a lot of negative press to the Clinton campaign in the crucial few weeks leading up to November 8.

A spokesperson from the Clinton campaign said they are “glad that this matter is resolved.”

Reprinted with permission from Think Progress, a branch of The Center for American Progress