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Clinton email probe: FBI reopens case after discovering new emails

FBI's earlier investigations into Clinton's decision to use a private email server instead of a government email while in office revealed no wrongdoing. Photograph: (Getty)

Cedar Rapids, United States Oct 28, 2016, 08.02 PM (IST)

Th Federal Bureau of Investigation reopened the probe into US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state after discovering new emails "that appear to be pertinent".

With just 11 days to go until the November 8 presidential elections, FBI director James Comey said would take "appropriate investigative steps" to decide whether a new batch of mails contained classified information "as well as to assess their importance to the investigation", news agency AFP reported.

Clinton's rival Donald trump seized the opportunity to declare Clinton unfit for office, arguing that the Democrat's use of private email server should disqualify her from the presidency.

"We must not let her take her criminal scheme into the Oval Office," Trump told cheering crowds at a campaign rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, reported AFP.

Clinton's vice-presidential running mate Tim Kaine told reporters,"I've got to read more. I've got to read a little more."

Comey intimated the decision to reopen the probe to the congressional committee investigating allegations against Clinton in a letter. FBI's earlier investigations into Clinton's decision to use a private email server instead of a government email while in office revealed no wrongdoing.

However, Comey said that "in connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation," AFP reported.

There was no immediate reaction from the Clinton campaign.

(With inputs from AFP)

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