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Clinton calls on FBI to release details of new email probe

US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has called for the full details of a new investigation into her emails to be released, stating she had not been contacted by the FBI about the issue.

The FBI announced on Friday it was looking into whether there was classified information on a device belonging to former congressman Anthony Weiner, who is under investigation for allegedly sending sexually explicit text messages to a 15-year-old girl. He is the estranged husband of one of Clinton’s closest aides, Huma Abedin.

Republican rival Donald Trump immediately seized on the disclosure, accusing Clinton of corruption on a “scale we have never seen before”.

But during a hastily arranged News conference in a high school in Des Moines, Iowa, Clinton challenged FBI director James Comey to release the full details of the new investigation, pointing out there were just days left to the election on November 8.

She said: “Voting is already under way in our country. So the American people deserve to get the full and complete facts immediately.

“The director himself has said he doesn’t know whether the emails referenced in his letter are significant or not.”

Clinton added that neither she nor her advisers had been contacted by the FBI about the new inquiry.

In a letter to congressional leaders on Friday, Comey wrote that new emails have emerged, prompting the agency to “take appropriate investigative steps” to review the information that may be pertinent to its previously closed investigation into Clinton’s private email system.

The FBI ended that investigation in July without filing charges, although Comey said at the time that Clinton and her aides had been “extremely careless” in using the system for communications about government business.

Clinton is holding an advantage in the presidential race. Early voting has been under way for weeks, and she has a steady lead in preference polls.

Source : HeraldScotland

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