FBI probe ‘makes no difference’ to Hillary Clinton
A majority of US voters have made up their mind on whether they will vote for Hillary Clinton. Picture: AFP.
FEDERAL investigators have been granted a warrant to examine a laptop belonging to one of presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton’s aides to see if it contains any ‘missing’ emails.
FBI Director James Corney dropped a bombshell on the US presidential campaign by revealing the agency had learned that the laptop, belonging to Huma Abedin and her husband, disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner, may contain files linked to Clinton’s personal email server.
The laptop had been seized in relation to a separate case – whether or not Weiner had been sexting an underaged girl.
Corney sent a letter to Congress on Friday warning them that the FBI had reopened its investigation into Clinton’s unsecured email server scandal.
“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.
The letter has generated considerable controversy as the announcement has the potential to influence the outcome of the election – even though the existence of such emails is yet been determined.
Meanwhile, a majority of US voters say they have made up their mind on whether they will vote for Hillary Clinton, despite the announcement.
Sixty-three per cent of likely voters say the FBI review makes no difference in their vote, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News Tracking Poll.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Picture: AP.Source:AP
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Picture: AFP.Source:AFP
The question was asked to 480 likely voters on October 28, the day the review was announced, through October 29, with a margin of error of 5 points.
Just over six in 10 voters say the news will make no difference in their vote, while just over three in 10 say it makes them less likely to support her.
Anthony Weiner is co-operating with investigators over his sexting scandal and turned over the laptop to the FBI.
The newly discovered emails emerged through the FBI’s separate sexting probe of former congressman Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of close Clinton confidant Huma Abedin. Picture: AP.Source:AP
The laptop that Weiner may have used for communicating with a 15-year-old North Carolina girl also had emails of Huma Abedin’s that may be relevant to the Clinton email investigation. Abedin is Clinton’s top aide.
Fox News’ Bret Baier reported on Sunday that Weiner had given that laptop to the FBI, and that a warrant may not be necessary to search the device.
Robby Mook interview On FOX
Robby Mook, Clinton’s campaign manager, confirmed on Fox News Sunday that his boss “hasn’t” asked Abedin about the content of that laptop.
Asked by Chris Wallace, the host of Fox News Sunday, why Clinton hadn’t asked Abedin, Mook said, “You and I are on the same page.”
“I want to know what’s in these emails, too,” Mook said.
Mook, citing a report that a warrant had not been obtained by the FBI to examine Abedin’s emails, claimed that it’s possible nobody has looked at the emails on the laptop.
But this new report — that Weiner is co-operating and that a warrant may not be necessary — sheds new light on the ongoing scandal with Weiner, Clinton and Abedin.