With just over a week until American citizens elect a new President, leading nominee Hillary Clinton has a question for the FBI.
And it basically goes like this:
What the heck, people?!?
On Friday afternoon, FBI Director James Comey possibly shook up the election by releasing a statement that new information has surfaced that may be "pertinent" to his organization's investigation into Clinton's emails.
The statement reads as follows:
"In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear 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."
That is the extent of the information Comey has provided.
Various outlets, however, have reported that the newly-discovered emails are part of an investigation into Anthony Weiner, the disgraced former congressman who recently separated from top Clinton aide Huma Abedin after a sexting incident.
(Yes, this goes back to Anthony Weiner allegeding sending lewd photos to a 15-year old girl.)
It is not believed that Clinton even sent these emails or that they emanated from her private server.
They simply make references to the Democratic front-runner in exchanges discovered on Abedin's cellphone.
Speaking to the press from Iowa in light of this revelation, Clinton sounded angry, surprised, irritated and simply confused.
"I have now seen Director Comey’s letter to Congress. We are 11 days out from perhaps the most national election of our lifetimes. Voting is underway, so the American people deserve to get the full and complete facts immediately,” Clinton said in her opening remarks.
She continued, in regard to a question about Abedin and Weiner:
"We’ve heard these rumors. We don’t know what to believe. I’m sure there will be even more rumors.
“That’s why it is incumbent upon on the FBI to tell us what they’re talking about, because right now your guess is as good as mine, and I don’t think that’s good enough...
"So we’ve made it very clear that if they’re going to be sending this kind of letter, that is only going originally to Republican members of the House, that they need to share whatever facts they claim to have with the American people, and that’s what I expect to happen."
It is unclear just how long the FBI's investigation into these new emails will take.
Contrary to what some pundits have alleged, however, the investigation has not been re-opened.
These kinds of investigations never close; when new information surfaces, as has happened now, that intel is examined.
"We have not been contacted by anyone. First we knew about it is I assume when you knew about it when this letter sent to Republican members of the House was released,” Clinton said during the press conference.
“We don’t know the facts, which is why we are calling on the FBI to release all the information that it has; even Director Comey noted that this new information may not be significant, so let’s get it out."
The FBI ended its initial investigation into Clinton’s private email server in July.
At the time, Comey recommended to the Justice Department that “no charges were appropriate” in the case.
However, Comey acknowledged that there was “evidence of potential violations” in Clinton’s “extremely careless” handling of classified information.
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"I’m confident whatever they are will not change the conclusion reached in July," Clinton said on Friday, adding:
"Therefore, it’s imperative that the Bureau explain this issue in question whatever it is without any delay.
"I look forward to moving forward to focus on the important challenges facing the American people, winning on November 8 and working with all Americans to build a better future for our country."
This issue being raised once again may cause some voters to distrust Hillary, a charge she responded to as follows:
"I think a long time ago people made up their minds about the emails, I think that’s factored in to what people think and now they’re choosing a President ...
"So I would urge everybody to get out and vote early and all the states that have early voting because I think Americans want a President who can lead our country, who can get the economy working for everyone not just those at the top and who can bring our country together.
"I offer that, I can do that and I’m confident that the American people know that and we’re going to continue to discuss what’s at stake in this election because I believe this election is one of the consequential elections ever."