“In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear pertinent to the investigation,” Comey wrote to Congress. “I am writing to inform you that the investigative team briefed me on this yesterday, and I agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation.”
It wasn’t immediately clear whether the new batch of emails belonged to Clinton.
Comey dismissed pressure last month to reopen the controversial emails probe after recommending no charges for the Democratic presidential nominee — despite describing her as “extremely careless” at the end of a months-long FBI probe in July.
After announcing his decision not to pursue charges, Comey endured a grilling from House Republicans in a make-or-break moment for Clinton’s bid for the Oval Office.
The emails controversy has become the achilles’ heel of the Democratic campaign since it was revealed that the 2009-2013 Secretary of State was using her private email server to correspond with State Department staff, potentially exposing classified information.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015, in Florissant, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) WASHINGTON (AP) – The State Department has been unable to find in its records all or part of 15 work-related emails from Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private server that were released this week by a House panel investigating the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, officials said Thursday. The emails all predate the Sept. 11 <x-apple-data-detectors://6> assault on the U.S. diplomatic facility and include scant words written by Clinton herself, the officials said. They consist of more in a series of would-be intelligence reports passed to her by longtime political confidant Sidney Blumenthal, the officials said. Nevertheless, the fact that the State Department says it can’t find them among emails she provided surely will raise new questions about Clinton’s use of a personal email account and server while secretary of state and whether she has provided the agency all of her work-related correspondence, as she claims. “She has turned over 55,000 pages of materials to the State Department, including all emails in her possession from Mr. Blumenthal,” said Nick Merrill, a Clinton campaign spokesman, when asked about the discrepancy. Clinton is running for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.