Politics & Government

Trump calls Clinton email investigation ‘bigger than Watergate’

By ELIZABETH KOH

ekoh@mcclatchy.com

The FBI is reopening its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails, according to a letter from Director James Comey to members of Congress.
The FBI is reopening its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails, according to a letter from Director James Comey to members of Congress. AP

Donald Trump praised the FBI’s decision to evaluate new emails in its investigation of Hillary Clinton at a rally Friday, calling the inquiry “bigger than Watergate.”

At a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, Trump announced the additional emails to a raucous crowd cheering “lock her up, lock her up.”

Donald Trump was holding a rally in New Hampshire when news broke that the FBI would review new emails in its investigation of Hillary Clinton. He called the inquiry “bigger than Watergate.”

“They are reopening the case into her criminal and illegal conduct that threatens the security of the United States of America,” he said over nearly deafening cheers, adding Clinton’s “corruption is on a scale we have never seen before.”

“I have great respect for the fact that the FBI and the Department of Justice are now willing to have the courage to right the horrible mistake that they made,” he said. “Perhaps, finally, justice will be done.”

Attorney General Loretta Lynch defended her decision in front of the House Judiciary Committee to close the Hillary Clinton email investigation without criminal charges, insisting the Justice Department had no reason to reject the unanimous recomm

The FBI announced it is evaluating new emails in its investigation of Hillary Clinton after discovering potentially relevant emails in an unrelated case, Director James Comey wrote to members of Congress.

Comey wrote that the additional emails would need to be assessed for “their importance to our investigation,” though he said he could not “predict how long it will take us to complete this additional work.”

“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,” he wrote.

Republicans were quick to praise the FBI’s letter, and Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway was quick to seize on Comey’s letter as good news for the Republican candidate’s campaign.

FBI director James Comey was summoned to an emergency meeting of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on July 7, and no punches were held by Democrats, Republicans and even Comey. The director appeared before the committee to answer

Speaker Paul Ryan also renewed his months-long call to deny classified briefiengs to Clinton “until this matter is fully resolved.”

In a statement from the RNC, chairman Reince Priebus said the timing of the announcement so soon before the election “shows how serious this discovery must be.”

“This stunning development raises serious questions about what records may not have been turned over and why, and whether they show intent to violate the law,” he wrote in a statement. “What’s indisputable is that Hillary Clinton jeopardized classified information on thousands of occasions in her reckless attempt to hide pay-to-play corruption at her State Department.”

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