Sorry, Donald. But you were clearly lying to your supporters when you bragged about Hillary Clinton being under FBI scrutiny again.
As it turns out, members of the media, Republicans, and Trump all jumped the gun before reading the entire letter sent out by FBI Director James Comey announcing that new emails were discovered that may be related to the probe investigators mostly concluded months ago.
“In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation,” Comey wrote.
“I am writing to inform you that the investigative team briefed me on this yesterday, and I agreed that they 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.”
But Donald Trump immediately jumped on the letter to claim that the FBI is reopening the investigation. He made the declaration at a rally on Friday upon hearing the news of Comey’s letter. As he did so, the crowd cheered and chanted “lock her up” without knowing any of the real facts at all.
Well, veteran NBC reporter Pete Williams did his homework and found that the THREE emails in question were NOT sent by Hillary Clinton or her campaign. And they were not originally withheld by Clinton or the campaign either. Furthermore, the case has never been closed by the FBI because of technical issues to resolve. So the case isn’t being reopened because it’s still open already.
All in all, this new turn in the investigation is not the YUUUGE news that Trump hoped it would be. It’s just a case of miscommunication between the FBI and the media and a case of Trump lying to his supporters.
Here’s video of Pete Williams letting the air out of Trump’s celebration via Twitter.
NBC’s Pete Williams: Sr. officials say—During separate investigation “a device” led to add’l emails–not from Clinton https://t.co/QmmNoxXhOx
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) October 28, 2016
In short, there is still ZERO evidence that Hillary Clinton committed a crime. But there is still audio of Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women, and the 12 women who are currently accusing him of sexual assault.
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