The FBI’s review of a new batch of emails that could be connected to its closed investigation of email sent through Hillary Clinton’s private server rippled through the presidential race today — just as Clinton and Donald Trump campaigned in Iowa.
“The investigation is the biggest political scandal since Watergate and it’s everybody’s hope that justice at last can be delivered,” Trump said, to cheers from a crowd last night.
Trump supporters began gathering in Cedar Rapids in the late afternoon. When Trump arrived just after 8:30 p.m. and started talking about Clinton, the crowd roared with its “Lock her up!” chant. The FBI discovered the emails in their new “sexting” investigation of Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of Clinton’s closest aide. In 2011, Weiner was forced to resign from congress over a previous round of sexting.
“As you know, I’ve had plenty of words about the FBI lately, but I give them great credit for having the courage to right this horrible wrong,” Trump said, to cheers. “Justice will prevail.”
Clinton spoke to the national media before she left Iowa early Friday evening. She called on the FBI to release “the full and complete facts immediately” and told reporters who travel on her campaign plane she’s “confident” the FBI’s conclusion this summer that no one would be charged “will not change.”
Earlier in the day, Clinton addressed crowds in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines billed as “Women Win” events.
“We’ve got to keep our foot on the gas. Donald Trump says he can still win and he’s right,” Clinton said, and the crowd replied: ‘No.”
Clinton continued: “It’s true. You know this has been such an unusual election. I don’t take anything, any place or anyone for granted. I’m going to work as hard as I can all the way until the end,” she said, to cheers, “all the way until the close of voting.”
During her remarks in a high school gym in Des Moines, Clinton mentioned the student at the school who’s in critical condition in the hospital.
“My heart goes out to Yore Jieng, the 14-year-old Roosevelt High School student who was shot in broad daylight, driving in a car with his sister,” Clinton said. “My thoughts and prayers are with his family, his friends, his classmates and his community, but thoughts and prayers alone are not enough.”
Clinton repeated her call for “comprehensive background checks” for gun purchasers and other proposals she said had “broad support” from the American public.