Emails don't change conclusion on Clinton — FBI review

Emails don't change conclusion on Clinton — FBI review

In a stunning last-minute announcement, FBI Director James Comey said Sunday that his agency's review of newly discovered emails has not changed his earlier conclusion that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton should not be prosecuted for her handling of classified information over email as secretary of State.

In a letter to members of Congress On Sunday, FBI director James Comey said the agency had finished its review and found nothing to change its position.

"If they thought MI was in the bag, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama would not be returning there", she said.

Some commentators described the development as an "almost nightmare scenario" for Mrs Clinton's campaign.

Before Comey's letter was released, Republicans and Democrats weighed in on Clinton's email problems.

Aboard her plane, aides were seen sharing the letter on their wireless devices.

"It took guts for Director Comey to make the move that he made, in light of the kind of opposition he had, where they're trying to protect her from criminal prosecution", he told a MI rally on October 31.

The campaign appeared to signify it would not gloat over the announcement, as Palmieri declined to answer questions as she customarily does.

The latest Reuters/Ipsos poll shows Clinton with a 5 percentage point lead over Trump in the national survey - 44 percent to 39 percent support - while races in the swing states of Florida, North Carolina have shifted from Clinton's control to being too close to call.

Trump landed in Minnesota for a rally moments after Comey's announcement.

After the news that Mrs Clinton would not face charges over the matter, Mr Trump said she was protected by a "rigged system". "She shouldn't be allowed to run for president".

Top Justice Department officials, including Attorney General Loretta Lynch, had counseled Comey against sending the letter.

The last-minute Sunday move from Comey could also provide new fuel for Trump's claims of a "rigged" system - allowing him to cast the Federal Bureau of Investigation director's intervention in the presidential election in a new light.

Clinton's campaign immediately claimed that Comey's latest missive put to rest any new concerns about the email issue.