FBI Director James B. Comey issued a letter to Congress on Nov. 6, saying they had not found anything new in the leaked emails that would contradict its initial findings in their case against Hillary Clinton. In turn, Comey stated the Bureau would not be reversing their conclusion concerning the use of the Democratic candidate's personal emails.
"Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton," Comey stated in the letter. The director revealed the FBI had been "working around the clock" to review "a large volume of emails" that were addressed to and sent from Clinton while she sat as Secretary of State. But the investigative team was ultimately unable to detect any criminal activity.
Comey''s letter follows Clinton's demands for answers from the FBI concerning the latest email probe, in which she stated that "the American people deserve to get the full and complete facts." The FBI launched the initial investigation concerning Clinton's private server over the summer. The Bureau ultimately did not press criminal charges against Clinton, but they returned only months later in Oct. 28, announcing they would be taking further steps to review the new Wikileaks.
But only two days before Election Day, the latest news probably comes as a bit of relief to the Clinton campaign, who received a lot of negative backlash regarding the issue. Neither the FBI nor Clinton have released any further statements, but running mate Tim Kaine spoke to the media later on Nov. 6, saying that he wasn't surprised about the decision. "I really felt like the original conclusion was so unequivocal after such a long investigation that when the surprise of the letter two Fridays ago happened, I still felt like that would be the conclusion they'd reach," he said. Kaine noted that there are still question on how and why the emails were leaked, but ultimately the campaign had "the confidence that we would be back in this place."