The FBI announced it will re-open its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.
In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday, bureau director James Comey said that, “the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation … 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.”
Comey did not explain where the new emails came from, only saying only that they surfaced “in connection with an unrelated case.”
Comey also cautioned that he was not sure how long the new review would take and said the FBI “cannot yet assess whether or not this material may be significant.”
Close to 15,000 new Clinton emails were discovered in September. But it’s unclear if the announced investigation is related to them. According to CNN, the newly discovered emails are not related to Wikileaks or the Clinton Foundation.
In July, the FBI announced it would not recommend criminal charges against Clinton. But Comey called the handling of sensitive information “extremely careless.”
The Clinton campaign did not respond to TheWrap’s request for comment. But GOP nominee Donald Trump praised the FBI’s decision shortly after the announcement was made.
“Perhaps finally justice will be served,” Trump told a crowd of supporters in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Friday. He went on to say that, “Clinton’s corruption is on a scale we have never seen before.”