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FBI: Clinton shouldn't face email charges

AAP logoAAP 6/11/2016

FBI Director James Comey has abruptly announced that a review of newly discovered emails sent or received by Hillary Clinton has not changed his conclusion that the Democrat should not face criminal charges.

His announcement came in a letter to congressional lawmakers two days before Election Day.

Comey said the FBI has worked "around the clock to process and review a large number of emails" obtained from a device belonging to Anthony Weiner, the disgraced former congressman and estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

He said the review has not changed the bureau's assessment from earlier this year that Clinton should not be prosecuted for her handling of classified information at the State Department.

The new review has roiled the presidential campaign in its final days, shattering what had appeared to be Clinton's solid grip on the race and emboldening Republican Donald Trump.

The Clinton campaign said it was always confident the Democrat would be cleared.

"We were always confident nothing would cause the July decision to be revisited and now Director Comey has confirmed it," a spokesperson said on Twitter.

Republican nominee Donald Trump said Clinton was protected by a "rigged system".

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