As the political worlds of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were thrown into chaos just eleven days before the country chooses between them for the next president of the United States, speculation on both sides focused on the new information that prompted FBI Director James Comey’s move to re-open the investigation into Clinton’s private, secret email server scandal.

While Trump seized the opportunity to make a vindicating announcement to an overflow crowd in Manchester, New Hampshire that interrupted him with cheers and chants of “Lock Her Up!”

Clinton was without internet access during a flight to Iowa for a appearance there, so instead, campaign chair John Podesta, whose emails have been the source of an extensive “drip-by-drip” Wikileaks dump providing an inside look at the workings of the U.S. State Department under Hillary Clinton, issued a statement demanding that the director “release details of what he is now examining,” and calling the development “extraordinary” coming, as it does, so near to a presidential election.

Comey, of course, is not at liberty to release any information about an ongoing investigation, which presumably Clinton knows.

The announcement, which caught both campaigns, as well as members of Congress also out on the trail, by surprise, came in the form of a letter Comey sent to Congressional committees appraising them of the discovery of emails that may be relevant to the investigation into Clinton’s unauthorized use of a private server during her tenure as Secretary of State.

Although Comey did not reveal the source of the newly-discovered emails, an unidentified source speaking on background revealed that they were found on four computers seized as part of an ongoing investigation into the husband of longtime Clinton aide and friend, Huma Abedin, disgraced New York Congressman Anthony Weiner.

Former President Bill Clinton officiated at the couple’s wedding ceremony and Clinton has often stated that Abedin, who began her long association with the family as an college student intern in the White House during the 1990s, is like a daughter to her.

Abedin separated from Weiner after he was caught sending sexually explicit texts to a minor female in the presence of their young son, which triggered the FBI investigation, but the source indicated that at least one of the computers belonged to Abedin.

Abedin, who served as Clinton’s Chief of Staff at the State Department and is currently the vice-chair of her presidential campaign, and also used the unsecured, secret email server exclusively used by Clinton, which shielded the Secretary from Freedom of Information Act requests.

Weiner’s use of Abedin’s computer or computers may have exposed thousands of email communications between Abedin and Clinton to the risk of hacking, although there is speculation that the content of the emails may be the smoking gun Comey failed to find in the initial investigation.

That probe came to an end on July 5, after 15-months when Director Comey took the unusual step of announcing the findings publically in an excoriating 14-minute virtual indictment of Clinton’s “extremely reckless” handling of the nation’s classified material only to conclude that he was not recommending further action by the Department of Justice.

Now, Comey has another chance to do the thorough work that needs to be done to insure that the American voter is not presented with the choice of casting a ballot for the first presidential candidate in U.S. history to be under active investigation by the FBI.

Let’s hope he’s up to it – this time.

 

 

 

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