FBI Director James Comey informed members of Congress on Friday, Oct. 28, that the investigative agency would be reopening its probe into the emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Despite a supposed resolution to the investigation into the presidential candidate’s use of an unsanctioned private email server during her time as secretary of state, Comey said the bureau would be reviewing materials made available through an unrelated case.
The New York Times reported that the newly surfaced material was discovered following a federal seizure of electronic devices belonging to Clinton aide Huma Abedin and her husband, former New York Representative Anthony Weiner.
Weiner has been the focus of an FBI investigation for allegedly sending sexual images to a 15-year-old North Carolina girl.
In a brief letter addressed to several lawmakers dated Oct. 28, Comey clarified his previous testimony and announced that investigators would be reviewing newly discovered emails.
“In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation,” he said in the letter. “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 to allow investigators to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation.”
He clarified that the significance of the material is currently unclear and that the duration of the investigation is unpredictable at this juncture.