UPDATE: Per NBC News, the emails the FBI is now looking at were not from Hillary Clinton’s private server.
FBI Director James Comey said in a letter to congressional leaders Friday afternoon that the agency will investigate additional emails relevant to its previous investigation into the private email server Hillary Clinton used while secretary of state.
Comey said in his letter that the FBI had “learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the Clinton investigation,” according to the Washington Post. He had been informed of the new material on Thursday and determined that the agency should “take appropriate investigative steps … to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation.”
The letter did not say whether the investigation into Clinton’s emails was officially being re-opened. Political observers Friday afternoon questioned the lack of specifics in the letter, which was released 10 days before a presidential election that GOP nominee Donald Trump has repeatedly alleged is “rigged.”
“The system might not be as rigged as I thought,” Trump said Friday in the wake of Comey’s letter.
In his letter, Comey said that he did not have a specific timetable to complete the 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,” he wrote.
The FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s email server had been closed in July, with no charges against the Democratic nominee. Comey did note at the time that Clinton had been “extremely careless” in her handling of her email.