Blink and you missed it: in a brief, 3 minute 47 second address to the press, a defiant Hillary slammed the FBI, said that she hopes that whatever information the Bureau has will be shared with the American people and added that she is confident that no charges will be brought against her by the FBI, while taking the opportunity to ask people to go out and vote for her.
She took three questions which some have mockingly said were drafted and/or preapproved by Clinton campaign direction of communications Jennifer Palmier.
“We are 11 days out from perhaps the most important national election of our lifetimes,” Clinton said during the brief press conference in Des Moines, Iowa. “Voting is already underway in our country, so the American people deserve to get the full and complete facts immediately.”
Hillary revealed that the FBI had not contacted her before or since Comey sent a letter to lawmakers Friday afternoon.
“So we don’t know the facts, which is why we are calling on the FBI to release all the information that it has,” she said. “Even Director Comey noted that this new information may not be significant, so let’s get it out.”
Comey’s letter said that the FBI was reviewing pertinent emails that it found in an unrelated investigation, but did not reveal much more than that. Republicans and the GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump quickly pounced on the news.
Clinton was asked about a New York Times report that said the FBI had found the new emails in its separate investigation into Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandal.
“We’ve heard these rumors,” she said “We don’t know what to believe. And I’m sure there will be even more rumors. That’s why it’s incumbent on the FBI to tell us what they’re talking about, Jeff. Your guess is as good as mine and I don’t think that’s not good enough.”
Watch the brief recording below:
BREAKING: Hillary Clinton addresses FBI director’s revelation of new review related to private email server case. https://t.co/vSxftfXcIZ
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) October 28, 2016
Hillary’s statement was similar to what Tim Kaine said earlier: it’s “very, very troubling” that the FBI is releasing information about a new probe into emails that may relate to Hillary Clinton just 11 days before the election. The Democratic vice presidential nominee is commenting on the development in an interview with Vice News. Kaine says the FBI director needs to provide more details on the situation. He suggests it’s troubling that members of the press are finding out information before campaign officials. Kaine’s comments in turn echo the a statement made by Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, and thus by Hillary.
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Finally, President Obama is staying silent – for now – on the FBI director’s announcement of an investigation into new emails related to Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. Obama is in Orlando, Florida, where according to AP he is encouraging voters – young voters in particular – to take advantage of their opportunity to cast their ballots before Election Day on Nov. 8.
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