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    Computer seized in Weiner probe prompts FBI to take new steps in Clinton email inquiry


    Newly discovered emails found on a computer seized during an investigation of disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner thrust the controversy over Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server back into the presidential campaign less than two weeks before the election.

    Officials said the discovery prompted a surprise announcement Friday by FBI Director James B. Comey that the agency would once again be examining emails related to Clinton’s time as secretary of state.

    In a letter to lawmakers, Comey said the FBI would take “appropriate investigative steps” to determine whether the newly discovered emails contain classified information and to assess whether they are relevant to the Clinton server probe.

    The emails, numbering more than 1,000, were found on a computer used by both Weiner (D-N.Y.) and his wife, top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, according to law enforcement officials with knowledge of the inquiry who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

    The correspondence included emails between Abedin and Clinton, according to a law enforcement official.

    Federal officials have been examining sexually suggestive online messages that Weiner allegedly exchanged with a teenage girl. The link to the Weiner investigation was first reported by the New York Times.

    Comey’s announcement appears to resume the FBI’s probe of Clinton’s server, which previously ended in July with no charges.

    The announcement could reshape a presidential race that Clinton, the Democratic nominee, has been leading in most public polls. It was immediately hailed by Republican nominee Donald Trump, who told supporters at a New Hampshire rally that “perhaps, finally, justice will be done.” The crowd responded with pumped fists and chants of “Lock her up! Lock her up!”

    Clinton told reporters Friday night in Iowa that she learned of the newly discovered emails only after the letter to Congress was made public.

    “I’m confident whatever [the emails] are will not change the conclusion reached in July,” she said. “Therefore, it’s imperative that the bureau explain this issue in question, whatever it is, without any delay.”

    Asked about the connection to Weiner, Clinton said: “We’ve heard these rumors. We don’t know what to believe.”

    Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta called it “extraordinary that we would see something like this just 11 days out from a presidential election.”

    Officials familiar with the inquiry said it was too early to assess the significance of the newly discovered emails. It is possible, they said, that some or all of the correspondence is duplicative of the emails that were already turned over and examined by the FBI.

    Comey made a similar point in his letter, sent to congressional committee chairmen, saying that the FBI “cannot yet assess whether or not this material may be significant.”

    The letter, which was three paragraphs long, contained few details.

    He wrote that the FBI, in connection with an “unrelated case,” had recently “learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the Clinton investigation.”

    Comey wrote that he was briefed on the new material Thursday. “I agreed that the 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,” he wrote.

    An FBI spokesman on Friday declined to elaborate, and a spokesman for Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch declined to comment.

    Comey provided no details about the unrelated case that resulted in the discovery of the new emails.

    The official said that Comey, once told about the find, felt an obligation to inform Congress, since he had previously told lawmakers that the investigation had been completed.

    Abedin, who has worked for Clinton since the 1990s, is vice chairman of Clinton’s presidential campaign. She exchanged thousands of emails with Clinton while serving as her deputy chief of staff at the State Department. She, like Clinton, used an email address routed through the private server.

    Neither Weiner nor an attorney for Abedin responded to requests for comment.

    Weiner, who represented a New York City congressional district, resigned from his House seat in 2011 after he accidentally tweeted an explicit photo of himself that he had intended to send to a supporter.

    Abedin and Weiner were married in 2010, with former president Bill Clinton officiating. Abedin announced this past August that she was separating from Weiner following a report in the New York Post about another sexting incident.

    The federal inquiry into Weiner’s contact with the teenager was sparked by a September report in the Daily Mail tabloid.

    When Comey announced the FBI’s findings in July, he said that Clinton had been “extremely careless” in her handling of classified material, which was found among the emails exchanged on her private server.

    He said then that his investigators had found evidence of potential violation of laws governing the handling of classified information.

    But he said “no reasonable prosecutor” would bring charges because investigators had not found evidence that there had been intentional mishandling of classified material, or indications of disloyalty to the United States or efforts to obstruct justice.

    [Trump cheers renewed FBI inquiry into Clinton emails]

    Comey had come under enormous pressure from Republicans for his recommendation to bring no case against Clinton. Trump has repeatedly cited the decision as a sign of corruption endemic to Washington institutions and has promised that, if elected, he would reopen the investigation.

    Podesta on Friday cited the political pressure on Comey in questioning the director’s actions, saying that Republicans had been “browbeating” career FBI officials “to revisit their conclusion in a desperate attempt to harm Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.”

    Democrats said Friday that the lack of detail from the FBI allowed Republicans to mischaracterize its actions. Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon told CNN that Comey was “unleashing a wildfire of innuendo.”

    The top Democrat on the *Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), issued a blistering statement Friday expressing shock at the FBI’s vague announcement, which she said “played right into the political campaign of Donald Trump.”

    “The FBI has a history of extreme caution near Election Day so as not to influence the results,” she said. “Today’s break from that tradition is appalling.”

    Some lawmakers saw the announcement as a potential game-changer for the election.

    “A total bombshell,” said Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.), a member of the House Homeland Security Committee. King predicted that the FBI would not close its inquiry before the election and said he believed that Comey wanted the public to know of his move regardless of the outcome.

    “He wants it all out there,” King said.

    But there was confusion about the FBI’s announcement and immediate calls from lawmakers in both parties for additional information.

    Sen. Charles E. Grassley *(R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a frequent Clinton critic, called the letter “unsolicited and, quite honestly, surprising.”

    “Congress and the public deserve more context to properly assess what evidence the FBI has discovered and what it plans to do with it,” Grassley said.

    [Hillary Clinton’s first reaction: Don’t talk to the media]

    Clinton’s campaign has been bedeviled by the email controversy since before its formal launch in April 2015.

    Hacked emails released in recent days by the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks show that even some of her closest campaign aides were surprised by her use of the server and frustrated by her response, including her slowness to apologize.

    “Did you have any idea of the depth of this story?” Podesta asked campaign manager Robby Mook late on March 2, 2015, the day the New York Times revealed that Clinton had exclusively used a private account as secretary.

    “Nope,” Mook replied early the next day. “We brought up the existence of emails in [research] this summer but were told that everything was taken care of.”

    Polls show that the issue has hurt Clinton politically. A Washington Post-ABC News poll last month found that more than 6 in 10 Americans did not approve of the way Clinton had been handling questions about her email setup.

    The State Department’s deputy spokesman, Mark Toner, said the FBI has not notified the department of the new emails, and he referred all questions to the bureau.

    “We stand ready to cooperate if we’re asked to do so,” he told reporters. “But I don’t have any additional details at this point.”

    Jenna Johnson, Tom Hamburger, Carol Morello, Adam Entous and Ellen Nakashima contributed to this report.

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    This. Cannot. Be. Happening.

    By Alexandra Petri October 28


    Hillary Clinton sits on her Throne of Power in the Fortress of Glass, glancing at the ceiling and sharpening her hammer.

    She has been starting to hope. Earlier today she sent out one or two emails to old friends in Washington intimating they should “get drinks when I’m back.”

    She has started to say “when” more than “if.”

    She keeps seeing the number “45” everywhere she looks — records, temperatures — and when she does, she smiles a little to herself, as if it’s an omen.

    At the back of her closet there is a checklist of Things To Accomplish that she wrote when she was 11, and of late she has been taking it out and looking at it and trying to decide what color to use when she checks that last box, at the very bottom of the list. In a gesture of optimism, she went out and bought a whole new set of colored pens.

    Earlier she told radio host Keith Sweat she was making Bill warm up his saxophone to play in the White House. Having to listen to Bill play the saxophone would be a small price to pay for being in that house again.

    She glances at an array of china. Those, she thinks. Bill should choose from among those.

    Slowly, gradually, she becomes aware that her aides are whispering in the hallway.

    “We have to tell her.”

    “You tell her. I’m not telling her.”

    Hillary pushes open the door.

    “Tell me what?” she asks.

    The second aide solemnly marches to the window and flings himself down three stories into a dumpster.

    “Tell me what?” Hillary asks, a little more concerned. “What is it? Where’s Huma?”

    The aide blanches. Hillary has never seen someone blanch before; she thought that it was something people only did in stories.

    “Tell me what?”

    “Maybe it would be best not to talk to Huma,” the aide says.

    “What is it?”

    The aide nervously extends a printed letter from James B. Comey at the FBI. Hillary skims it. At first, the phrases don’t make any sense.

    She reads it again, but they still don’t.

    Words jump out at her. “Appropriate investigative steps,” the letter says. “An unrelated case,” the letter says. “Emails that appear to be pertinent to the Clinton investigation.”

    “This doesn’t make any sense,” she says. Next to her, a pillar trembles. “That doesn’t make any—”

    The pillar crashes to the ground. Across the room, a chair spontaneously bursts into flame.


    It has been years since she was able to do this. She very nearly ruined prom once. Once, at Yale, she caused the instructor to float up several inches and spin around the room spewing papers everywhere. Fortunately, Professor Honey had given her more stimulating work after that, and it had stopped.

    “Why would you release a thing like this now?” she asks. “Where’s Huma?”

    The aide visibly swallows. Hillary does not mean to lift him three inches in the air but now he is floating, clutching at his throat.

    “It’s the W—” he tries.

    “The what?”

    “The W—” He clutches at his collar. “The probe, it’s—”

    With an effort Hillary lowers him back to the ground and releases him.

    “The Weiner probe,” he finishes, collapsing into a heap on the floor. “Whatever they are, they’re from the devices in the Weiner probe.”

    Hillary freezes.

    It begins snowing everywhere on the earth. All omelets everywhere are ruined. A man in a Whole Foods bakery decorating cakes with “CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BRIDE AND GROOM” suddenly finds that he is only able to write “YOU’RE MAKING A HORRIBLE MISTAKE” over and over.

    “No,” Hillary says.

    All the china shatters.

    “No,” Hillary says.

    The stock market gets confused and plummets 150 points.

    Bill Clinton’s entire left arm goes numb. An entire foot of snow falls at once.

    “No,” Hillary repeats. “This cannot be happening. We are too close. This cannot be. I will not—” She twitches. The ground outside is entirely blanketed with white. Some of it begins to coalesce into a gigantic snow-dragon. “Is this to be my whole life?” she asks. “Is it always going to come back to the ruinous acts of idiot wieners?”

    “You didn’t mind that last week.”

    “SILENCE!” Hillary shouts.

    “Please don’t go full Elsa,” the aide whimpers. His lips are already blue with cold.

    “This cannot be happening,” Hillary says. “Is not. This is not happening. I refuse to accept that this is happening.”

    A great rumbling begins deep within the earth.

    “How are they reporting it?” Hillary asks.

    “They are saying that the investigation has been reopened,” the aide whimpers.

    “Reopened?” Hillary asks. “But — that would imply it had been closed. Eleven days before the election, they are saying —”

    The aide shrugs. “I’m sorry.”

    With an effort, Hillary contains herself. “What are we doing about it?” she asks.

    The White House turns an eerie pink and starts to hover six inches above the ground.

    “We’re having John Podesta send them an angry email,” the aide says.

    Clinton rolls her eyes. The earth shifts on its axis. “An email from John Podesta,” she says. “Well, that will fix all my problems.”

    She laughs. It’s a different laugh than any of her laughs the aide has heard before. It has a primordial sadness to it, like the last despairing, lonely call of a creature that has awakened to find all others of its kind extinct.

    She starts picking up the shards of china.

    There is a long silence.

    “Pete Williams doesn’t think it will have real legal consequences,” the aide volunteers.

    “Well, that’s good.” Hillary laughs again, more softly. “Eleven days before the election,” she says. “I knew there was something I was forgetting.”


    Hillary picks up more china. “Never hope,” she says. “That was what I was forgetting. Never hope.”

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    Emails in Anthony Weiner Inquiry Jolt Hillary Clinton’s Campaign


    WASHINGTON — The presidential campaign was rocked on Friday after federal law enforcement officials said that emails pertinent to the closed investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server were discovered on a computer belonging to Anthony D. Weiner, the estranged husband of a top Clinton aide.

    In a letter to Congress, the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, said the emails had surfaced in an unrelated case, which law enforcement officials said was an F.B.I. investigation into illicit text messages from Mr. Weiner to a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina. Mr. Weiner, a former Democratic congressman from New York, is married to Huma Abedin, the top aide.

    Mr. Comey's letter said that the F.B.I. would review the emails to determine if they improperly contained classified information, which is tightly controlled by the government. Senior law enforcement officials said that it was unclear if any of the emails were from Mrs. Clinton’s private server. And while Mr. Comey said in his letter that the emails “appear to be pertinent,” the F.B.I. had not yet examined them.

    By the end of a day that brought stinging criticism of Mr. Comey from both Democrats and Republicans, he appeared on the defensive, saying in an internal email to bureau employees that he had felt obligated to inform Congress, and “we don’t know the significance of this newly discovered collection of emails.’’

    The new development in the saga over Mrs. Clinton’s handling of classified information came months after the F.B.I. closed the investigation without charging Mrs. Clinton. The announcement, less than two weeks before the election, left Mrs. Clinton’s team furious and scrambling for explanations while bolstering the spirits of Donald J. Trump after a wave of controversies and Republican defections had led many to write him off.

    “We are calling on the F.B.I. to release all the information that it has,” Mrs. Clinton said adamantly in an evening news conference that took issue with Mr. Comey for making the disclosure so close to the election. “Let’s get it out.”

    Mr. Trump was ebullient. “Perhaps, finally, justice will be done,” he declared at a campaign rally in New Hampshire.

    A senior law enforcement official said that tens of thousands of emails belonging to Ms. Abedin were on Mr. Weiner’s laptop, which the F.B.I. had obtained as part of its investigation into Mr. Weiner. About a month ago, a person familiar with the investigation said, F.B.I. agents seized the laptop as well as Mr. Weiner’s iPad and cellphone.

    Mr. Comey said in his letter to Congress that he did not know how long it would take to review the emails. Law enforcement officials said they did not know whether any were duplicates of emails discovered in the earlier investigation.

    Document: Letter to Congress From F.B.I. Director on Clinton Email Case

    Mr. Trump has fallen behind Mrs. Clinton in most national polls and in many key states. Polls have been tightening in recent days, however, as Republicans have started returning to their party roots during the final stretch of the race.

    An emboldened Mr. Trump seized on the F.B.I. action on Friday at his rally in New Hampshire. To cheers of “lock her up” from his supporters, Mr. Trump said: “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.”

    After deriding the F.B.I. for weeks as inept and corrupt, Mr. Trump went on to praise the law enforcement agency.

    “I have great respect for the fact that the F.B.I. and the D.O.J. are now willing to have the courage to right the horrible mistake that they made,” Mr. Trump said, referring also to the Department of Justice. “This was a grave miscarriage of justice that the American people fully understand. It is everybody’s hope that it is about to be corrected.”

    The Clinton campaign called on Mr. Comey to provide information beyond what was put forth in the letter.

    “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,” said John D. Podesta, the chairman of Mrs. Clinton’s campaign.

    He added: “It is extraordinary that we would see something like this just 11 days out from a presidential election.”

    Asked in an interview on CNN about Ms. Abedin’s involvement, Brian Fallon, a spokesman for Mrs. Clinton, demurred.

    “The facts of the matter is stuff that is unknown to us,” Mr. Fallon said.

    The “October surprise” confounded leading Democrats who suddenly found themselves on the defensive.

    “This is particularly troubling since so many questions are unanswered,” said Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California. “It’s unclear whether these emails have already been reviewed or if Secretary Clinton sent or received them. In fact, we don’t even know if the F.B.I. has these emails in its possession.”

    Donna Brazile, the interim chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, demanded more information from Mr. Comey about his next steps and expressed concern about the agency interfering with the election.

    “The F.B.I. has a solemn obligation to remain neutral in political matters — even the faintest appearance of using the agency’s power to influence our election is deeply troubling,” Ms. Brazile said.

    For Republicans who have struggled to defend Mr. Trump amid his comments about women and conspiracy theories about a rigged election, the opportunity to revisit a controversy that has dogged Mrs. Clinton was a welcome gift.

    The Republican National Committee cheered the new attention on Mrs. Clinton’s emails as a potential turning point in the race.

    “The F.B.I.’s decision to reopen their criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s secret email server just 11 days before the election shows how serious this discovery must be,” said Reince Priebus, the Republican committee chairman, arguing that the Democratic nominee should be disqualified from seeking the presidency. “This stunning development raises serious questions about what records may not have been turned over and why, and whether they show intent to violate the law.”

    Speaker Paul D. Ryan, who has been critical of Mr. Trump, assailed Mrs. Clinton and said that she should no longer be allowed to receive classified briefings.

    “Hillary Clinton has nobody but herself to blame,” Mr. Ryan said in an emailed statement. “She was entrusted with some of our nation’s most important secrets, and she betrayed that trust by carelessly mishandling highly classified information.”

    After defending her email practices for months, Mrs. Clinton sought to put the issue behind her this year, eventually apologizing and acknowledging that using a private server was a mistake. During the presidential debates with Mr. Trump, she tried to avoid the subject and accused Mr. Trump of putting national security at risk by inviting Russian hackers to meddle in the election.

    Mrs. Clinton and her staff expressed relief in July when Mr. Comey announced that the F.B.I. had closed the investigation after determining that no one should face criminal charges. But he did criticize Mrs. Clinton and her aides for what he termed the “extremely careless” handling of sensitive information, leaving an opportunity for Republicans to continue hammering her for bad judgment.

    The involvement of Ms. Abedin and Mr. Weiner in Mrs. Clinton’s case was an unforeseen twist. Several weeks ago, top Justice Department officials decided that prosecutors in Manhattan would handle Mr. Weiner’s case. After seizing the devices, investigators have been combing them for information.

    It remained unclear whether Mr. Comey would reveal more about the contents of the newly discovered emails. In his memo to the F.B.I. staff, it was evident that he is keenly aware of the fraught political backdrop that he faces.

    “We don’t ordinarily tell Congress about ongoing investigations, but here I feel an obligation to do so given that I testified repeatedly in recent months that our investigation was completed,” Mr. Comey wrote. “I also think it would be misleading to the American people were we not to supplement the record.”

    Ms. Abedin separated from Mr. Weiner in August after it emerged that he was exchanging lewd messages with a woman on social media. Such behavior had destroyed his congressional career and his 2013 mayoral campaign.

    Mr. Trump has pointed to Mrs. Clinton’s association with the couple as an example of her bad judgment.

    “I only worry for the country in that Hillary Clinton was careless and negligent in allowing Weiner to have such close proximity to highly classified information,” Mr. Trump said in August. “Who knows what he learned and who he told?”

    Correction: October 28, 2016
    An earlier version of this article incorrectly reported when the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, announced that the bureau had closed its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email use. It was in July, not September.

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