Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are campaigning in Iowa today as news breaks that the FBI is reviewing a newly-discovered batch of emails from Clinton’s private server. Jeff Kaufmann, the chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa, is urging Iowa voters to “reassess” the race because of this news.
:If they are reopening this investigation 11 days out, you’ve got to know there’s something specific and tangible there,” Kaufmann said during a conference call with reporters early this afternoon. “…The reopening of this investigation is something that I hope every single Iowan will take note of.”
Clinton spoke early this afternoon at a rally in Cedar Rapids and did not comment on the FBI’s reopened investigation. She began her remarks by promising as president “to do everything she can” to prevent “future flooding” in Cedar Rapids.
“How many times do you to go through this until we all we say, ‘Hey, let’s get together and make the changes we need to make sure you don’t get devastated again?” Clinton said, to cheers.
The event in Cedar Rapids and one late this afternoon in Des Moines are billed as “Women Win” rallies. Clinton noted some in the Cedar Rapids crowd were wearing t-shirts inspired by something Trump said of Clinton during their final debate.
“I see some women wearing t shirts and sweatshirts that say: ‘Nasty Woman,'” Clinton said and the crowd cheered, then she continued: “I mean, really, you can’t make this stuff up.”
Clinton made a pitch for early voting, which has been underway in Iowa for the past month.
“Once again, Iowa, you can make the difference,” Clinton said. “If all of you vote — if you get your friends, your neighbors, your co-workers to vote — we will make history on November the 8th and I have to say that we’re seeing some really promising signs of this.”
The Quinnipiac University Poll released Thursday found 61 percent of the “early” ballots cast in Iowa were votes for Clinton.
Trump’s rally in Cedar Rapids is scheduled to start at seven this evening. At an earlier event in New Hampshire, Trump praised the FBI for having “the courage to right” what Trump called “the horrible mistake they made” by not filing charges against Clinton this summer.
Clinton waved to reporters at the Cedar Rapids airport after she got off her plane, but Clinton did not answer shouted questions about the issue. Clinton’s campaign chairman issued a written statement, calling on the FBI’s director to “immediately provide the American public more information” about today’s announcement.
“Already, we have seen characterizations that the FBI is ‘reopening’ an investigation but (FBI Director James) Comey’s words do not match that characterization,” John Podesta said.
In early September the FBI’s director announced the investigation into Clinton’s email server was closed and no one would face criminal charges.