The following is an excerpt from MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and MATT APUZZO | October 30, 2016 | Nytimes.com |
WASHINGTON — Just days before Election Day, and with voters in many states already going to the polls, the F.B.I. director made a stunning announcement on Friday: Agents had discovered new emails that might be relevant to the completed investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private server, a case that she had seemingly put behind her in July.
Never in recent history has the F.B.I. been so enmeshed in a presidential race. With a vague 166-word statement to Congress, the F.B.I. sent jolts through the campaign, leaving many voters puzzling over what to make of a case involving national security secrets, a disgraced congressman, racy text messages and a dispute among the country’s top law enforcement officers.
Here’s what we know so far.
What happened on Friday?
The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, sent a letter to Congress that said agents had uncovered new emails that may be connected to the Clinton investigation. That investigation had examined whether Mrs. Clinton and her aides had mishandled classified information by sending it through Mrs. Clinton’s private email server. The inquiry was completed in July with no charges filed.
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