The FBI has announced it is investigating new emails sent by Hillary Clinton on a private server during her time as Secretary of State, sending her campaign into panic mode just eleven days before the presidential election.

The emails were found during an investigation into illicit text messages between former congressman, Anthony Weiner, and a 15-year-old girl, according to the New York Times. Huma Abedin, Mr Weiner’s wife, is one of Mrs Clinton’s closest aides and was pictured with her yesterday as the news broke.

Moments after the FBI’s director James Comey announced the effective re-opening of the Clinton email investigation, Donald Trump seized the moment to go for the jugular at a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, calling the announcement “bigger than Watergate”.

Donald Trump on Hillary Clinton investigation: ‘this is bigger than Watergate’Play!

Meanwhile Mrs Clinton appeared blindsided by the news, she and her inner circle were all on board a plane and without Internet access when Mr Comey’s letter emerged. Reporters on board said her staff was unaware of the news before landing in Iowa for a rally – where she declined to mention the furore during her speech.

It wasn’t until later in the evening that Clinton made an official announcement, calling on the FBI to release immediately all information it has on the newly discovered emails.

She said she was confident the FBI’s conclusion in July that she should not be prosecuted would not change.

“The American people deserve to get the full and complete facts immediately. It’s imperative that the bureau explain this issue in question, whatever it is, without any delay… I think people a long time ago made up their minds about the emails.”

When asked by a reporter whether the latest controversy would sink her presidential campaign, Mrs Clinton laughed.

James Comey wrote to members of Congress informing them that new emails had been found that were “pertinent to the investigation” into Mrs Clinton.

Hillary Clinton speaks during a Democratic party "Women Win" early vote rally in Des Moines on Friday night
Hillary Clinton speaks during a Democratic party “Women Win” early vote rally in Des Moines on Friday night

He said the emails were recovered during an unrelated probe, and would be reviewed to determine whether they contained classified information or could shed new light on the case.

Mr Comey had closed the investigation into Mrs Clinton’s email practices in July after determining there was insufficient evidence that she had knowingly put America’s secrets at risk by using an unsecured server to conduct government business.

Mr Comey said at the time that Mrs Clinton had been “extremely careless” but that no criminal charges were warranted.

Anthony Weiner
Anthony Weiner CREDIT: AFP

Brian Fallon, a Clinton spokesman, has said the FBI already reviewed all of the emails between Huma Abedin and Hillary Clinton during its investigation.

He says the Clinton camp has no idea what the new emails that Mr Comey referred to in his letter could contain.

He also told CNN that it would be “unfortunate” if the FBI were caving to pressure from Republicans in re-opening the investigation, and called on Mr Comey to hold another press conference.

“What we’re engaged in now is outright speculation… you know who is the only person who could clear this up?… Jim Comey.”

Mr Trump spoke in New Hampshire just minutes after the announcement, and his supporters roared and broke into chants of “lock her up” as he relayed the news.

He applauded the FBI for having the “courage” to re-open the investigation, and said he hoped the agency would correct the “horrible mistake” it had made in recommending that Mrs Clinton not be indicted.

A person wearing an orange jumpsuit and dressed as Hillary Clinton stands outside the venue of Donald Trump's campaign event in Manchester, New Hampshire
A person wearing an orange jumpsuit and dressed as Hillary Clinton stands outside the venue of Donald Trump’s campaign event in Manchester, New Hampshire on Friday

“Hillary Clinton’s corruption is on a scale we have never seen before. We must not let her take her criminal scheme into the Oval Office,” the Republican nominee said.

Mr Trump stepped up his assault as the latest polls showed him narrowing the gap on Mrs Clinton, both nationally in key battlegrounds states.

Speaking in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday, Mr Trump continued his attack, accusing the Justice Department of trying to help Mrs Clinton.

“When the outcome is fixed, when the system is rigged, people lose hope. They stop dreaming. They stop trying,” Mr Trump.

“Hillary Clinton’s corruption is corrosive to the soul of our nation and it must be stopped.”

A Democrat group has filed a formal complaint with the Department of Justice against James Comey, accusing the FBI Director of interfering in the presidential election.The Democratic Coalition Against Trump alleges Mr Comey is in breach of the Hatch Act, which bars federal employees from political activity.

“It is absolutely absurd that FBI Director Comey would support Donald Trump like this with only 11 days to go before the election,” said Scott Dworkin, Senior Advisor to the Democratic Coalition Against Trump.

“It is an obvious attack from a lifelong Republican who used to serve in the Bush White House, just to undermine her campaign. Comey needs to focus on stopping terrorists and protecting America, not investigating our soon to be President-Elect Hillary Clinton.”

FBI Director Comey, in letter to members of Congress, says FBI is investigating additional emails in Clinton private server case
FBI Director Comey, in letter to members of Congress, says FBI is investigating additional emails in Clinton private server case

 

2:54am

Trump renews attack in Iowa

Speaking in Iowa, Donald Trump renewed his attack. “This investigation is the biggest political scandal since Watergate. It is everybody’s hope that justice at last can be delivered.”

Mr Trump accused Mrs Clinton of trying to politicise the investigation by accusing Mr Comey of only sending his letter to Republican leaders in congress. It was also sent to senior Democrats, he said.

“The FBI would never have opened this investigation unless it was the most egregious criminal offence.”

2:12am

Former Department of Justice spokesman attacks Comey

Matthew Miller, a former spokesman at the Department of Justice, has rounded on James Comey for his conduct of the investigation.

He has condemned his decision to hold a press conference in July announcing that he was advising against pressing charges against Hillary Clinton, a move which he said flagrantly violated Department of Justice Rules.

Which takes us back to the original rule: you don’t comment on ongoing investigations. Then multiply that times ten close to an election. 9/

For whatever reason (& there are many theories), Comey continues to ignore that. But only for Clinton. 10/

Writing on Twitter, Mr Miller said that Mr Comey’s latest intervention “might be the worst abuse yet”. He said there was a basic rule that authorities should not comment during an investigation, adding: “Then multiply that times ten close to an election.”

12:55am

Democrat group files formal complaint against James Comey

A Democrat group has filed a formal complaint with the Department of Justice against James Comey, accusing the FBI Director of interfering in the presidential election.

The Democratic Coalition Against Trump alleges Mr Comey is in breach of the Hatch Act, which bars federal employees from political activity.

“It is absolutely absurd that FBI Director Comey would support Donald Trump like this with only 11 days to go before the election,” said Scott Dworkin, Senior Advisor to the Democratic Coalition Against Trump.

“It is an obvious attack from a lifelong Republican who used to serve in the Bush White House, just to undermine her campaign. Comey needs to focus on stopping terrorists and protecting America, not investigating our soon to be President-Elect Hillary Clinton.”

James Comey, FBI director
James Comey, FBI director CREDIT: EPA

 

12:14am

Clinton calls on FBI to immediately release all information it has on newly discovered emails

Speaking in Des Moines, Iowa, Mrs Clinton has addressed the latest twist in the email controversy for the first time.

She called on the FBI to release all the information it has on the probe, but said she is confident the FBI’s conclusion in July that she should not be prosecuted will not change.

The American people deserve to get the full and complete facts immediately,

It’s imperative that the bureau explain this issue in question, whatever it is, without any delay…

Your guess is as good as mine – and that’s not good enough.   We all know the facts, which is why we are calling on the FBI to release all the information it has.

Even FBI Director Comey admitted it might not be significant, so let’s get it out. I think people a long time ago made up their minds about the emails. I think that’s factored in and now they are choosing a president. So I would urge people to get out and vote. And vote for someone who can bring the country together. I offer that, I can do that.

We’ve heard these rumours. We don’t know what to believe. And I am sure there will be even more rumours. So that’s why we want the FBI to tell us. This letter, which originally was going only to Republican members of the House, should be given in more detail.

When asked by a reporter whether the latest controversy would sink her presidential campaign, Mrs Clinton laughed.

11:49pm

What they’ve said

Here are the key players in the 2016 election and what they’ve had to say about the latest chapter in Hillary Clinton’s email scandal:

  • Donald Trump, Republican nominee: “‘Bigger than Watergate’, corruption that must be stopped before she reaches the Oval Office.”
  • Tim Kaine, Democratic VP nominee:  “Need to “read a little more” before responding.”
  • Mike Pence, Republican VP nominee: “FBI should turn over all of the emails.”
  • Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House:  “It’s all Clinton’s fault and she shouldn’t get intelligence briefings.”
  • Dianne Feinstein, top Senate Democrat: “‘Appalling” to make such an announcement based on potentially.” insignificant information.”
  • John Podesta, Clinton campaign chairman: “Three paragraph letter is “extraordinary” and James Comey needs to present more information.”
  • Kellyanne Conway, Trump campaign manager: “A great day just got even better”

11:20pm

Confused? Here’s what happened

  1. James Comey, the FBI director, sent a letter to members of Congress letting them know that new emails had been uncovered in an unrelated investigation that were “pertinent” to the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified information
  2.  Mr Comey said the FBI will now examine those emails to determine whether they contain classified information, or are otherwise relevant to the case. He wrote that he does not yet know whether they are significant
  3. The New York Times then reported that the “unrelated investigation” was into illicit messages sent by Anthony Weiner, the former congressman, to an underage girl. Mr Weiner’s wife Huma Abedin is a top aide to Mrs Clinton, and emails on a device seized from either he or Ms Abedin were apparently deemed relevant to the case.
  4. Donald Trump was gleeful at the news, declaring that it was “bigger than Watergate” and expressing his hope that Mrs Clinton would be indicted
  5. The Clinton campaign was indignant, contending that a three paragraph letter to Congress was no way to handle such an explosive story, and predicting that nothing would ultimately come from the renewed investigation. They have requested that Mr Comey hold a press conference to explain himself

 

11:06pm

Barack Obama takes the stage in Orlando

The current president is speaking in Florida in support of the woman he hopes will follow him into the White House.

It will be interesting to see how he handles the breaking news from Mr Comey, his own administration’s FBI director. Thus far he has followed Mrs Clinton’s lead in ignoring it altogether.

“I’ve got one more campaign left in me. Michelle and I have a little more work left to do,” he says.

11:00pm

Hillary Clinton back on the stump

The former secretary of state is speaking in Iowa, and is again ignoring the elephant in the room.

“Donald Trump says he can still win and he’s right. This has been such an unusual election, I don’t take anything, any place or anyone for granted,” she says.

 

10:54pm

Trump writes a cheque

Donald Trump has said today that he contributed another $10 million dollars to his campaign.

In NH: Trump says he wrote a check for $10 million to campaign.

That would bring his total contributions over the course of the election to $66 million, not exactly small change but also not quite the $100 million he has said he will have given by election day.

It comes a day after he was badgered by Dana Bash, the CNN reporter, over whether he was willing to reach into his own pockets to help narrow the funding gap with Mrs Clinton.

10:40pm

Clinton spokesman: The FBI already looked at Abedin emails

Brian Fallon, a Clinton spokesman, has said the FBI already reviewed at all of the emails between Huma Abedin and Hillary Clinton during its investigation.

He says the Clinton camp has no idea what the new emails that Mr Comey referred to in his letter could contain.

He also told CNN that it would be “unfortunate” if the FBI were caving to pressure from Republicans in re-opening the investigation, and called on Mr Comey to hold another press conference.

“What we’re engaged in now is outright speculation… you know who is the only person who could clear this up?… Jim Comey.”

Both campaigns now agree Director Comey needs to put forward more information about what prompted this letter to GOP chairmen.

10:10pm

Markets spooked by Clinton’s October surprise

The fresh twist in the election race spooked the US markets in the final hours of trading before the weekend. The US dollar slumped compared to major currencies, including the sterling, euro and yen. At the same time stock prices plummeted in a knee-jerk reaction to the latest blow to Hillary Clinton’s election campaign, before recovering some ground to close only slightly lower by the final bell, Jillian Ambrose reports.

The sterling climbed against the US dollar to highs of 1.2209, before easing back to 1.2188 by the end of the day, or 0.21pc stronger.

At its lowest point the Dow Jones Industrial index fell 0.85pc to below 18,100, but by the close of trading it had recovered to 18,161, or 0.05pc lower than the previous close. The S&P 500 index closed 0.3pc lower at 2,126.

Meanwhile, nervous US investors took refuge from the afternoon’s volatility by piling into ‘safe haven’ assets – such as gold and the Japanese currency – which tend to retain value even amid market turbulence. As a result the dollar retreated from an earlier show of strength against the yen, slipping 0.5pc lower to ¥104.70. The gold price surged from modest gains of around $2 before the FBI announcement to $8 higher at $1,276 an ounce by the end of the day.

In the wake of the FBI email announcement, stocks fall sharply. As I’ve said before, markets *hate* the idea of a Trump presidency.

10:07pm

Biden ‘not interested in being Clinton’s secretary of state’

The vice president has reportedly said he is not interested in serving a potential Hillary Clinton administration.

“I don’t want to remain in the administration,” Mr Biden told Minnesota television station KBJR on Friday. “I have no intention of staying involved… But I’ll help her if I can in any way I can.”

Joe Biden
Joe Biden CREDIT: AP

 

8:52pm

John Podesta: FBI announcement ‘extraordinary’

The Clinton campaign chairman has demanded the FBI provides more information about the new investigation with the following statement:

Upon completing this investigation more than three months ago, FBI Director Comey declared no reasonable prosecutor would move forward with a case like this and added that it was not even a close call. In the months since, Donald Trump and his Republican allies have been baselessly second-guessing the FBI and, in both public and private, browbeating the career officials there to revisit their conclusion in a desperate attempt to harm Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

FBI Director Comey should immediately provide the American public more information than is contained in the letter he sent to eight Republican committee chairmen. Already, we have seen characterizations that the FBI is ‘reopening’ an investigation but Comey’s words do not match that characterization. Director Comey’s letter refers to emails that have come to light in an unrelated case, but we have no idea what those emails are and the Director himself notes they may not even be significant.

It is extraordinary that we would see something like this just 11 days out from a presidential election.

The Director owes it to the American people to immediately provide the full details of what he is now examining. We are confident this will not produce any conclusions different from the one the FBI reached in July.

8:34pm

White House: nothing has happened that would change Obama’s view of Clinton

The president is standing by his former secretary of state.

8:22pm

Newly found emails in FBI probe ‘not on Clinton server’ – ‘discovered during Anthony Weiner sexting probe’

The newly discovered emails were found on a separate device during an unrelated probe, a US government source has told Reuters.

The new emails were discovered during a probe into the Anthony Weiner sexting case, the New York Times reported.

8:13pm

Clinton ignores FBI’s new email investigation

Speaking in Iowa, Mrs Clinton made no reference to the latest FBI investigation. She delivered her standard, prepared campaign speech in which she said Mr Trump was trying to keep women, young people and minorities from voting in the November election.

Mr Trump’s “scorched earth” strategy is the “last refuge of a bankrupt candidate,” she claimed.

Hillary Clinton makes no mention of her emails
Hillary Clinton makes no mention of her emails CREDIT: AP

7:48pm

Republican National Committee statement on FBI announcement

What’s indisputable is that Hillary Clinton jeopardised classified information on thousands of occasions in her reckless attempt to hide pay-to-play corruption at her State Department. This alone should be disqualifying for anyone seeking the presidency, a job that is supposed to begin each morning with a top secret intelligence briefing.

7:35pm

US stock prices fall after FBI announcement

US stock prices fell along with US Treasury yields at midsession on Friday after the FBI news.

The US dollar slipped against major currencies such as the euro and the yen, while the Mexican peso fell to an 11-day low.

The FBI spent about a year investigating Clinton’s use of an unauthorised private email server for her work as US secretary of state between 2009 and 2013 after it emerged that there were classified government secrets in some of her emails.

In July, the FBI characterized Clinton’s handling of classified information via email as “extremely careless” but, after a months-long investigation, it recommended that no criminal charges be brought.

7:10pm

State Department says ready to cooperate on new Clinton emails

The U.S. State Department has said it will cooperate with an FBI investigation covering additional Clinton emails that have surfaced.

“We certainly stand ready to cooperate if we are asked to do so, but we just don’t have any additional details or information at this point,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters.

7:07pm

Trump: This is bigger than Watergate’

7:01pm

Clinton’s plane lands in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

We are expecting Mrs Clinton to speak in around 20 minutes time, although she has not yet got off her plane after the bombshell announcement from the FBI just 11 days before the election.

6:58pm

Donald Trump to Hillary Clinton: ‘If I were in charge you’d be in jail’

 The news follows Trump’s razor-sharp comment during the second presidential debate alluding to the FBI investigation into Clinton’s emails:

Donald Trump to Hillary Clinton: If I were in charge you’d be in jailPlay!01:02

 

6:48pm

Trump: FBI must ‘right the horrible mistake’ made on Clinton emails

Speaking in Manchester, New Hampshire, the Republican nominee, says he has great respect that the FBI has the courage to “right the horrible mistake” made over the Clinton emails.

Mr Trump said the FBI was “reopening the case into her criminal and illegal conduct that threatens the security of the United States of America”:

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. This was a grave miscarriage of justice that the American people fully understood. And it is everybody’s hope that it is about to be corrected. So that is a big announcement that I heard 10 minutes ago.

The rest of my speech is going to be so boring. Should I even give the speech?

 

Donald Trump reacts to the news
Donald Trump reacts to the news

6:41pm

Comey’s letter in full

The FBI director's email
The FBI director’s email

6:38pm

Paul Ryan: suspend all Clinton’s classified briefings

BREAKING NEWS → The FBI is reopening its investigation into Secretary Hillary Clinton.

My full statement ⇩

 

6:30pm

‘Cannot predict how long probe will take’

The head of the FBI said the agency would investigate additional emails that have surfaced related to Mrs Clinton’s use of a personal email server to determine whether they contain classified information, adding that it was unclear how significant the new materials may be.

In a letter to key Republicans committee chairmen in the House of Representatives, FBI Director Comey said that he “cannot predict how long it will take us to complete this additional work.”

Clinton email probe relaunched

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the news that the FBI investigation has been relaunched into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks with senior aide Huma Abedin aboard her campaign plane at Westchester County Airport
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks with senior aide Huma Abedin aboard her campaign plane at Westchester County Airport today
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks with senior aide Huma Abedin aboard her campaign plane at Westchester County Airport earlier today
Hillary Clinton speaks with senior aide Huma Abedin aboard her campaign plane at Westchester County Airport earlier today
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