James Comey, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, told lawmakers in a letter Sunday that a review of new e-mails found connected to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton uncovered nothing to change the bureau’s view that Clinton had broken no law when she used a private e-mail server.
The announcement comes two weeks after the FBI director informed the chairmen and ranking members of Congressional committees in a previous letter that the bureau had found new e-mails related to the Clinton investigation, and was reviewing them. Comey’s ill-timed revelation, just over a week before Election Day, came under intense criticism from Democrats, including from Clinton, the Democrats’ nominee for president, as well as some Republicans. Other Republicans, including Donald Trump, the GOP nominee, had seized on that news.
“Since my letter,” Comey told lawmakers Sunday about his original Oct. 28 note to them, “the FBI investigative team has been working around the clock to process and review a large volume of emails from a device obtained in connection with an unrelated criminal investigation.
“During that process we reviewed all of the communications that were to or from Hillary Clinton while she was Secretary of State,” he wrote.
“Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton.”
In July, Comey issued a harsh assessment of Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server during her tenure as secretary of state, calling her handling of classified data “extremely careless” and suggesting that it was …