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Sunday, November 6, 2016


FBI to Congress: Nothing new in Abedin’s Hillary Clinton emails

FILE - In this July 7, 2016 file photo, FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the House Oversight Committee to explain his agency's recommendation to not prosecute Hillary Clinton. In a letter from Comey released on Nov. 6, he tells Congress review of additional Clinton emails does not change conclusion she should not face charges. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

S.A. Miller and Stephen Dinan

The FBI said Sunday it has not found anything in the new emails obtained from Huma Abedin’s laptop to change its finding this summer former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was reckless with classified information, but shouldn’t be prosecuted for it.
In a brief letter to Congress Sunday FBI Director James Comey said his agents have gone through all of the messages sent or received by Mrs. Clinton during her four-year tenure in the State Department that were on Ms. Abedin’s laptop.
“Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton,” Mr. Comey said.
In July, Mr. Comey said Mrs. Clinton was “extremely careless” with top secret information, and may have had her secret email server hacked by foreign governments, but he said she was so inept that no prosecutor could show she intentionally risked national security — undercutting the chances of a criminal case.
FBI agents looking into Ms. Abedin’s estranged husband, former Rep. Anthony Weiner, came across new emails on a computer the two shared and there was enough concern to prompt him to renew his probe. But he’s now clearing Mrs. Clinton again.
His letter comes after a frenzied week in which he faced severe pressure from President Obama and other top Democrats, who criticized his announcement late last month that he was renewing the probe into Mrs. Clinton’s messages.
Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon reacted on Twitter: “We were always confident nothing would cause the July decision to be revisited. Now Director Comey has confirmed it.”
Fellow Democrats said it was a belated, though correct, decision by the FBI.
“While the original letter should never have been sent so close to an election, the expeditious review of these emails should put to rest — once and for all — the irresponsible speculation indulged in by the Trump campaign and others,” said Rep. Adam Schiff, ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee. “Voters can now make their decision based on the merits, and that decision should be simple: it is the choice between a woman superbly qualified to be commander in chief, and a man patently unfit for office.”
Agents reportedly found more than 600,000 messages on the laptop shared by Ms. Abedin and her estranged husband.
Mr. Comey said they managed to go through all of the ones that could have involved Mrs. Clinton during her time in the State Department, and none of the newly recovered messages shook them from their July assessment, which came after a year-long investigation.
It was unclear how much the FBI’s reopening of the case affected the presidential contest. GOP nominee Donald Trump had been gaining in polls before the announcement, and that trend has continued, leaving Tuesday’s election in doubt.
Still, Mrs. Clinton has led in nearly every national poll taken in the last two months, and that remained true through the final weekend of campaigning.

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