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Hillary Clinton said the FBI has “no case” against her during a speech at Kent State University in Ohio on Monday, adding that voters shouldn’t be “distracted” by the latest FBI revelation.
“I am sure a lot of you may be asking what this new email story is about and why in the world the FBI would decide to jump into the election with no evidence of any wrongdoing with just days to go,” she said. “That is a good question.”
“And first of all, for those of you who are concerned about my using personal email, I understand, and as I said, I am not making excuses,” she continued. “I have said it was a mistake and I regret it, and now they apparently want to look at emails of one of my staffers, and by all means they should look at them, and I am sure they will reach the same conclusion when they looked at my emails for the last year – there is no case here.”
FBI Director James Comey announced on Friday that the agency had discovered new emails related to its probe into Clinton’s use of a private server while she was secretary of state. Reports later indicated the additional emails uncovered were in connection with an investigation into former Rep. Anthony Weiner over allegations he sexted with a 15-year-old girl. Weiner’s estranged wife, Huma Abedin, is a top Clinton aide.
A Sunday Wall Street Journal report indicated that there could be as many as 650,000 emails to sift through, and it’s unknown how many could be related to Clinton.
Comey has faced backlash from Democrats and political analysts for sending the letter. He went against the recommendation of the Department of Justice in sending the letter to congressional leaders, according to The Journal.
In July, Comey announced the FBI had reached its conclusion and that he would not recommend charges, later saying that no prosecutor would. He did, however, say Clinton acted with “extreme carelessness” in using the private server.
“And they said it wasn’t even a close call, and I think most people have decided a long time ago what they think about all this,” Clinton said on Monday. “Now what people are focused on is choosing the next president and commander in chief of the United States of America.”
She turned the discussion on to Republican nominee Donald Trump and his past comments regarding the use of nuclear weapons as a reason she believes he is temperamentally unfit for the presidency.
“I’m running against an opponent who says he doesn’t understand why we can’t use nuclear weapons,” she said. “He actually said ‘Then why are we making them?’ And he wants more countries to have nuclear weapons.”
Clinton also mocked him for previously saying he doesn’t need to consult with experts on foreign policy because he has “a very good brain,” and for saying he “knows more about ISIS than the generals.”
“No, he does not,” Clinton said, asking voters to “not get distracted” from the choice before them.