In a brief and terse press conference in Des Moines Friday night, Hillary Clinton called for the FBI to move quickly in its revived investigation into her email server, and to disclose what, if any, facts it had uncovered about a newly-discovered cache of emails.
“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 told reporters.
Clinton expressed confidence that the FBI would find nothing criminal in the emails it has reportedly recovered from a computer used by her top aide, Huma Abedin, and Abedin’s estranged husband Anthony Weiner, who is under FBI investigation for allegedly sexting a minor.
The Democratic presidential nominee also predicted the disclosure that the FBI was looking into the newly discovered emails would not cause major damage politically, as most voters had already come to their own conclusions about her email use.
“I think people a long time ago made up their minds about the emails,” Clinton said. “I think that’s factored in to what people think, and now they’re choosing a president.”
In her statement, Clinton hoped to put some political pressure on FBI director James Comey to move quickly in his investigation, and if he finds nothing, to say so.
Comey’s unprecedented transparency in discussing the Clinton email case – from July to now – has made him a target on the left and right. That remains true on Friday night, with Democrats calling his letter to Congress politically motivated.
Ron Hosko, a former assistant director of the FBI under Comey, dismissed allegations of partisan motivations against the Bureau’s director, and said agents would now be working as fast as possible to review the new information.
“My guess is they are scrambling to put the team back together, maybe bring in additional people, depending again on volume, to look at what they’ve taken, and compare it to what they already have,” Hosko said. “What do we know already? And how much of this is new?”