It’s both a Friday news dump and an October surprise! FBI Director James Comey sent a letter to several members of the House today letting them know that the agency was reopening its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server to store emails related to her work as Secretary of State.
When Comey ended his investigation—over whether Clinton and her staff mishandled classified information—he determined that she had been being extremely careless with data but decided not to recommend charges, and the Justice Department agreed.
Today the situation has changed, but it’s way too soon and Comey’s being way too close-lipped to determine what is happening. The letter reads:
In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that may 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 the investigators to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation.
Comey concludes he doesn’t know yet whether any of this information is significant and doesn’t know how long it will take to find out. Check out the letter for yourself after the jump.
Jacob Sullum has noted that how Clinton has responded to this scandal has reinforced her reputation for dishonesty. And check out ReasonTV’s hilarious-yet-horrifying supertake of misleading statements by Clinton: