Trump queries FBI over Clinton clearance

Clinton (left) and Trump. PHOTO: EPA/AFP

REPUBLICAN presidential candidate Donald Trump said the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) could not review 650,000 new emails belonging to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in eight days.

Trump, at a rally in Detroit hours after the FBI affirmed that Clinton would not be prosecuted for her private email server, said the FBI knew that Clinton was guilty of crime.

He expressed doubt on the thoroughness of the FBI’s review of the emails that Clinton’s aide Huma Abedin kept on a computer belonging to her estranged husband, Anthony Weiner.

“You can’t review 650,000 new emails in eight days; you can’t do it, folks. Hillary Clinton is guilty.

“She knows it. The FBI knows it. The people know it. And now, it’s up to the American people to deliver justice at the ballot box on Nov. 8,” he said.

The Republican candidate knocked Clinton for using a private email system when she was Secretary of State.

Michigan was the third of five states where Trump was campaigning on Sunday.

“We’re going to stop the jobs from going to Mexico and China and all over the world.

“We’re going to make Michigan into the manufacturing hub of the world once again and no politician will do that. They don’t have a clue,” Trump told the crowd.

The Republican candidate criticised Ford, Chrysler and other companies for their manufacturing in Mexico and other countries.

“It’s not going to happen if I’m president, believe me,” Trump said.

Trump also promised to end the “nightmare of violence” caused by illegal immigrants in the country.

The FBI Director, James Comey, had told lawmakers on Sunday that the agency had not changed its opinion that Clinton should not face criminal charges after a review of new emails.

The implication of the FBI’s conclusion is that the Democratic candidate will not be charged with anything stemming from her private email server.

“I write to supplement my October 28, 2016 letter that notified you the FBI would be taking additional investigative steps with respect to former Secretary of State Clinton’s use of a personal email server.

“Since my letter, 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.

“Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton.’

“I am very grateful to the professionals at the FBI for doing an extraordinary amount of high-quality work in a short period of time,” Comey said in a letter to the Congress personally signed by him.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Comey had recently informed Congress that the FBI had discovered emails in its separate investigation of Anthony Weiner.

Weiner is the estranged husband of top Clinton aide, Huma Abedin.

The FBI said at that time that the emails could be connected to its investigation of whether Clinton mishandled classified information by using a private email server.

However, Trump still took to the stage in Minneapolis for a rally minutes after the news broke, and addressed the crowd without knowing Clinton had been cleared again.

Trump has used the re-opening of the email probe to score campaign points, which also affected Clinton’s polls rating, tightening her two-digit lead over Trump to a neck-and-neck.