FBI Director James Comey said in a follow up letter to Members of Congress on Sunday that his agency had found no new information that would warrant formal charges against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State.
In his new letter dated November 6, Comey wrote:
Since my letter [sent on October 28], the FBI investigative team has been working around the clock to process and review a large volume of emails from a device obtained in connection with an unrelated criminal investigation. During that process, we reviewed all of the communications that were to or from Hillary Clinton while she was Secretary of State. Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton.
Comey expressed his gratitude for the hard work of agency personnel at the FBI for their work in reviewing the recent emails in such a short amount of time.
Comey’s first letter was sent on October 28, just days ahead of the presidential election. In that letter, he made reference to the discovery of new emails that could be pertinent to the FBI’s investigation.
The timing of Comey’s announcement led to criticism that he had potentially violated the Hatch Act by sending the letter so close to the presidential election in an effort to damage Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
Other news outlets had reported that the new emails that Comey announced in his first letter were from an investigation into former Congressman Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of Clinton aide Huma Abedin, to review allegations he had exchanged explicit text messages with an underage girl.
A copy of Comey’s latest letter is included below.