The FBI will explore whether the extra classified material is contained in emails sent using Hillary Clinton’s private email server while she was secretary of state, FBI Director James Comey informed congressional leaders Friday.
The declaration seems to restart the FBI’s test of Clinton’s server, under two weeks before the presidential election, a touchy development that could shape the campaign’s last days.
In a letter to congressional leaders, Comey said that the FBI had, regarding an “unrelated case,” as of late “learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the Clinton investigation.”
Comey demonstrated that he had been advised on the new material yesterday. He wrote, “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.”
The FBI had already closed its investigation in July without any charges. However, Comey had finished up there had been characterized content traded on the server and that Clinton had been “careless.”
A Clinton campaign spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.