Hillary Clinton faces new FBI emails probe

FBI director James Corney has announced his agency is probing new emails related to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Mrs Clinton has previously come under fire for using her family’s private email server for official communications, instead of using official State Department email accounts. The communications included thousands of emails which were later marker classified.
Now, Mrs Clinton is facing fresh claims in connection to her emails.
A statement from Mr Corney said that while the FBI had previously indicated it had completed its investigation of Mrs Clinton’s personal email server, it was now reopening the investigation.
He said: “In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be 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.
“Although the FBI cannot yet assess whether or not this material may be significant, and I cannot predict how long it will take us to complete this additional work, I believe it is important to update your Committees about our efforts in light of my previous testimony.”
Immediately following the FBI announcement, the stock market reacted with stocks turning negative. Analysts believe markets were, up until the new email furore, performing on the assumption of a Clinton victory at the presidential vote on November 8.
So far, the Clinton campaign has said it has “no idea” what is being referred to in Mr Corney’s letter, which went to a number of legal chiefs.
Mrs Clinton’s rival, the controversial Republican Donald Trump, immediately claimed credit for the new probe, said: “I’m very proud that the FBI was will to do this, actually.”
Continually interrupting a planned speech he was making to talk about emailgate instead, he said: “I have great respect for the fact the FBI and the department of justice are now willing to have the courage to right the horrible mistake that they made. This was a grave miscarriage of justice that the American people fully understood. And it is everybody’s hope that is about to be corrected.”
Meanwhile, House speaker Paul Ryan said that Mrs Clinton should blame herself for the latest investigation after betraying the public’s trust by being careless with highly classified information.
He added: “This decision, long overdue, is the result of her reckless use of a private email server, and her refusal to be forthcoming with federal investigators.”