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Clinton takes on FBI chief in latest email flap

By Reuters
Clinton takes on FBI chief in latest email flap
In this Oct 28, 2016 photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks with senior aide Huma Abedin aboard her campaign plane at Westchester County Airport in White Plains. (Andrew Harnik / AP)

DAYTONA BEACH/GOLDEN, US – Hillary Clinton on Saturday challenged FBI Director James Comey to provide a fuller explanation of investigative steps he is taking related to her use of a private email server , as the Democratic presidential candidate accused him of "deeply troubling" behavior 10 days before the US elections.

Speaking to volunteers in Daytona Beach, Florida, Clinton said: "Some of you may have heard about a letter the FBI director sent" on Friday to the US Congress informing it that the agency is again reviewing emails.

It is pretty strange to put something like that out with such little information right before an election

Hillary Clinton, Democratic presidential candidate

Comey had decided in July that the FBI was not going to seek prosecution of Clinton for her handling of classified materials on a private email server while she was secretary of state.

"It is pretty strange to put something like that out with such little information right before an election," Clinton said, adding, "It's not just strange, it's unprecedented and it's deeply troubling because voters deserve to get full and complete facts." She urged Comey to "put it all out on the table."

In tandem with Clinton, fellow Democrats on Saturday also worked to pressure Comey to provide details on a controversy that dominated the presidential campaigns on Saturday, less than two weeks before the Nov 8 elections.

Four US senators – Patrick Leahy, the longest-serving Senate Democrat, Dianne Feinstein, Thomas Carper and Benjamin Cardin – wrote Comey and US Attorney General Loretta Lynch asking that they provide by Monday more detailed information about investigative steps underway.

At a press conference in Columbus, Ohio, the Congressional Black Caucus, comprised of about 45 members of the House of Representatives, nearly all Democrats, also urged Comey to be more forthcoming.

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Sources close to the investigation on Friday said the latest emails were discovered as part of a separate probe into Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

Weiner, a former Democratic US congressman from New York, is the target of an FBI investigation into illicit text messages he is alleged to have sent to a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pounded away at the new FBI development, devoting a large part of a campaign speech in Golden, Colorado, to attacking Clinton and arguing that she is not to be trusted with the presidency.

Comey, however, has not provided any details on whether the emails now under review are being seen for the first time by the FBI or the nature of their contents.

Clinton's campaign team tried to downplay the new review.

"There's no evidence of wrongdoing, no charge of wrongdoing," said John Podesta, who heads the Clinton campaign, referring to the FBI's latest announcement that it was taking "appropriate investigative steps" after learning of emails "that appear to be pertinent" to the earlier Clinton email probe.

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