NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - Officials say the sexting probe of disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner, led them back to the federal investigation of Clinton. Weiner is married to a top Clinton aide, Huma Abedin, and now with less than two weeks to go, this complicated connection could shake up the election.
Hours after the unexpected political bomb dropped on her campaign, Hillary Clinton was in Iowa making no mention of the FBI’s renewed focus on her private email server.
"I just have to say we've come too far to let Donald Trump take us back. Haven't we,” said Clinton.
Donald Trump wasted little time to pounce, hoping the developments will be a major disruption in the final days of the campaign.
"I have great respect to the fact that the FBI and the Department of Justice are willing to have the courage right the horrible mistake that they made,” Trump said.
How the FBI came across the new information- a twist fit for what's already been an unpredictable election season.
The new email messages were uncovered during an investigation into the Anthony Weiner sexting scandal.
The FBI seized electronic devices belonging to Weiner and his wife, Huma Abedin, close aide to Mrs. Clinton.
In a letter to members of Congress, FBI director James Comey wrote, "…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,” adding, "the FBI cannot yet assess whether or not this material may be significant."
“The effort to look at new additional emails, we don’t know if these emails pertain to her time at state we just don't have any more info at this time,” said Mark Toner, State Department Spokesman.
Earlier this year, Comey called Clinton and her aide's handling of sensitive information during her time as secretary of state extremely careless, but didn't warrant criminal charges.
I think the latest episode shows that the FBI is serious, that director Comey is serious and that he really does want to find out what happened, what the truth is and whether any laws have been violated,” said Alain Sanders, Political Science professor at St. Peter’s University.