Hillary Clinton held a brief press conference in Iowa on Friday evening to weigh in on the revelation that the FBI uncovered new emails the agency described as “pertinent” to its investigation in her private email server. Clinton called on the FBI to provide more information regarding the emails, but said she did not believe any of the new materials would change the conclusion it made in July not to bring charges against her.
“We are 11 days out from perhaps the most important national election of our lifetimes. Voting is already underway in our country. So the American people deserve to get the full and complete facts, immediately,” Clinton said. “The director himself has said he doesn’t know whether the e-mails referenced in his letter are significant or not. I’m confident whatever they are will not change the conclusion reached in July. Therefore it’s imperative that the bureau explain this issue in question, whatever it is, without any delay.”
She said she was not contacted by anyone about the news of the uncovered emails, which became public with a letter FBI Director James Comey sent to lawmakers Friday. She also suggested she did not think it would have a meaningful impact on the presidential race.
“You know, I think people a long time ago made up their minds about the e-mails. I think that it’s factored in to what people think. And now they are choosing a president,” Clinton said.
Asked if she had spoken to her aide Huma Abedin, given the reports that Abedin’s estranged husband Anthony’s Weiner’s laptop — which was reportedly seized as part of the probe into his sexting with an underage girl — was the source of the emails, Clinton dodged the question.
“We’ve heard the rumors. We don’t know what to believe. And I’m sure there will be even more rumors. That is why it is incumbent upon the FBI to tell us what they are taking about,” Clinton said.