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The FBI reopened its investigation into Hillary Clinton's email scandal after new information surfaced during a separate investigation. That investigation involves a teenage girl who lives near Charlotte, sources said.
Clinton is calling on the FBI to release more information about its review of emails that may be related to its investigation into her private server.
Clinton says "Let's get it out."
The Democratic presidential candidate says the American people deserve to have as much information as possible before they vote Nov. 8.
Clinton says she's confident investigators won't find information that would cause the FBI to change its decision to close the investigation without filing charges in July.
Clinton spoke hours after the FBI announced it was reviewing newly discovered emails to see if they are relevant to its closed investigation into her private email server.
The messages were discovered during a federal sexting investigation of Anthony Weiner.
The FBI is investigating Weiner, who is the estranged husband of Clinton’s longtime aide Huma Abedin, on charges he sent illicit texts to a 15-year-old girl.
That teen lives near Charlotte, sources told Channel 9.
Hillary Clinton's campaign released this statement on the decision:
Upon completing this investigation more than three months ago, FBI Director Comey declared no reasonable prosecutor would move forward with a case like this and added that it was not even a close call. In the months since, Donald Trump and his Republican allies have been baselessly second-guessing the FBI and, in both public and private, browbeating the career officials there to revisit their conclusion in a desperate attempt to harm Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.
FBI Director Comey should immediately provide the American public more information than is contained in the letter he sent to eight Republican committee chairmen. Already, we have seen characterizations that the FBI is 'reopening' an investigation but Comey's words do not match that characterization. Director Comey's letter refers to emails that have come to light in an unrelated case, but we have no idea what those emails are and the Director himself notes they may not even be significant.
It is extraordinary that we would see something like this just 11 days out from a presidential election.
The Director owes it to the American people to immediately provide the full details of what he is now examining. We are confident this will not produce any conclusions different from the one the FBI reached in July.
Her rival Donald Trump praised the FBI's decision to investigate during a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire.
"Perhaps finally justice will be served," Trump told the crowd.
North Carolina Senator Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate Select Committee of Intelligence, was one of eight committee chairmen who received the letter from Comey.
“I believe the American people deserve to have a full accounting of Secretary Clinton’s practices and a complete picture of her actions as Secretary of State,” Burr said. “We should allow this to go through the complete processes, this time including all of the emails on Clinton’s server.”
Channel 9 talked to Winthrop University political science professor Dr. Karen Kedrowski about the announcement.
She said this bombshell will give Trump some momentum and could have an impact on swing voters.
"Now the question is, are those people going to stay home, go to a third party candidate, or go to Trump," Kedrowski said.
There is no timeline on the investigation, but Kedrowski said this latest development will linger for some time, no matter the outcome, especially if Clinton is elected president.
"At a minimum, even if the FBI exonerates her again, we're going to be looking at more and more investigations, more and more media coverage of this, worst case scenario, she could face impeachment," Kedrowski said.
Read FBI Director James Comey letter below:
"In previous congressional testimony, I referred to the fact that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had completed its investigation of former Secretary Clinton's personal email server. Due to recent developments, I am writing to supplement my previous testimony.
In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation. I am writing to inform you that the investigative team briefed me on this yesterday, and 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.
Although the FBI cannot yet assess whether or not this material may be significant, and I cannot predict how long it will take us to complete this additional work, I believe it is important to update your Committees about our efforts in light of my previous testimony.
James B. Comey
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