US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has called on the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to release “the full and complete” facts about its new probe into her emails.
“We are 11 days out from perhaps the most important national election of our lifetimes,” Clinton said in a press conference in Des Moines, Iowa on Friday. “Voting is already underway in our country, so the American people deserve to get the full and complete facts immediately.”
She made the comments shortly after FBI Director James Comey wrote in a letter to Congress earlier in the day that he was reopening an investigation into the former secretary of state’s email case to review a series of newly uncovered emails.
Comey did not go into detail and only told lawmakers that the emails were from a separate case than Clinton’s email server.
During her very short press conference that lasted only four minutes, the former first lady only took three questions and tried to downplay the new probe.
“Even Director Comey noted that this new information may not be significant, so let’s get it out,” she said.
Answering a question on whether the emails were related to Huma Abedin, Clinton’s top aide, the Democratic nominee took a cautious line.
“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.”
The Democratic nominee underwent a long-running federal investigation over her use of a private email server that involved exchanging thousands of potentially classified emails during her tenure as secretary of state between 2009 and 2013. She was cleared of all charges later on.
Clinton’s Republican rival Donald Trump rejoiced at Comey’s announcement on Friday, hailing the FBI’s “courage to right the horrible mistake that they made.”
“This was a grave miscarriage of justice that the American people fully understood, and it is everybody’s hope that it is about to be corrected,” he said.