The FBI on Oct. 28, 2016 announced that it was re-opening its its criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she served as secretary of state.
The FBI stated that if had discovered new emails during the probe of ex-congressman Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandal. Experts in the political world stated that this was a stunning turn of events less than two weeks before the presidential election.
FBI Director James Comey wrote to top members of the US Congress on Oct. 28 that the FBI had learned that more emails existed that appeared to be relevant to the criminal investigation.
Comey would not state what those emails were; he only said that the emails were found during an unrelated investigation. The limited information did not last very long, however.
An FBI agent off the record has confirmed to multiple news sources that these new emails were found after the FBI seized electronic devices that belonged to Rep. Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin. The New York Times was the first news organization to report this connection; the newspaper noted that the FBI had been looking into sexual-related texts that Weiner had sent to a 15 year old girl.
“The American people deserve to get the full and complete facts immediately.” —Hillary Clinton https://t.co/okT6ZgFQYl
— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 29, 2016
Comey stated that his investigative team had informed him about the new information earlier this week. He agreed with the agents that the FBI would need to investigate the matter, and look at those emails to see if they did contain any classified information.
This new development came after the Justice Department and Comey decided last summer to not charge Clinton with federal crimes; they said at the time that the investigation was complete.
Donald Trump, who was speaking to cheering supporters in New Hampshire when the latest Clinton scandal broke, had praise for the FBI. He said that the agency had courage to right the ‘mistake that they made last summer,’ and he said that he hopes that this ‘error is corrected soon.’
According to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., the decision by the FBI to reopen this investigation of Clinton ‘reinforces what the Judiciary Committee said for months: The more that is learned about her use of a private email server, the more clear it is that she and her associates committed criminal acts.’
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus noted that the development has to be a serious discovery, given that they gave the announcement less than two weeks before the election.
While Clinton has been growing her lead over Trump in the presidential election, the daily revelations about leaked Clinton emails from Wikileaks has become a constant headache for the Democrat nominee. The re-opening of the FBI investigation could be a larger problem.
According to a former assistant director of the FBI, retired FBI agents were furious at Comey because he would not bring charges against Clinton in July.
In the Weiner case that led to the Clinton email scandal being reopened, Weiner could be indicted before the end of October for sexting a 15 year old girl.
According to investigations into the conversations between the NY democrat and the minor female, a subpoena was issued for Weiner’s cell phone records in September.
Federal agents recently interviewed the high school student from North Carolina. She stated that Weiner wanted her to engage in role playing rape fantasies, and he referred to himself as ‘T dog’ in the cell phone chats. He used to alias ‘Carlos Danger’ in previous instances when he was caught sexting.
His wife Abedin separated from Weiner after the latest scandal broke regarding his sexting problem.
About Public Corruption and Violation of Classified Information Laws
Clinton faces a number of serious charges at the federal level that have been swirling for months. She has been questioned several times for possibly violating national security laws about sharing top secret information on a private server.
If she is ever charged with either of these federal crimes, it would be devastating to her political career. It remains to be seen if this will occur, but the mere fact that she is being investigated by the FBI again less than two weeks before the election will not improve her election chances.
Meanwhile, Anthony Weiner is facing grave sex crime charges and may be indicted soon by a federal grand jury. According to federal statutes, no one under the age of 18 can consent to engaging in any type of sexual activity with an adult, and this includes sexting.
In this case, Weiner could face several federal charges related to sex crimes. The fact that he allegedly was asking a 15 year old girl to engage is rape fantasies with him could possibly bring more charges that could land Weiner in federal prison for an extended period.