(ABC News) — FBI Director James Comey released a statement Friday saying that the FBI is going to continue the previously closed investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails from her time as secretary of state.
“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 in a letter released today.
Comey wrote in the letter that after being briefed on the unrelated case, he agreed, “the FBI should take appropriated 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,” the letter to the leaders of various congressional committees.
Republican Rep. Robert Goodlatte, who is the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, issued a statement in response on Twitter.
— House Judiciary ⚖ (@HouseJudiciary) October 28, 2016
Friday’s news comes nearly four months after Comey announced that no charges would be filed against Clinton over her use of a private email server while she was Secretary of State.
“Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case,” Comey said on July 5.
He said that while they could not “find a case that would support bringing criminal charges on these facts,” he did call Clinton’s actions “extremely careless.”
The lack of charges surrounding the use of the private email server has been an important campaign issue for Republicans, and House Speaker Paul Ryan was one of the first to release a statement.
BREAKING NEWS → The FBI is reopening its investigation into Secretary Hillary Clinton.
My full statement ⇩ pic.twitter.com/LHfyg46dWk
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) October 28, 2016
Donald Trump opened a campaign rally in New Hampshire shortly after the release of the letter, announcing the news to cheers.
“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,” Trump said.
He praised the FBI’s decision to revisit the case.
“This was a grave miscarriage of justice that the American people fully understood,” Trump said. “Perhaps finally justice will be done.”
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