Clinton Slams FBI's Manner of Announcing Email Review as 'Unprecedented' and 'Deeply Troubling'

She also blasted Donald Trump for "trying to confuse" people about the issue.

ByABC News
October 29, 2016, 5:05 PM

Daytona Beach -- Hillary Clinton at a rally in Florida on Saturday afternoon slammed the manner of the FBI director's announcement of a review of new emails as 'unprecedented’ and ‘deeply troubling.’

"Now, I'm sure that some of you may have heard about a letter that the FBI director sent out yesterday," she told the crowd of about 900. "Well, if you're like me, you probably have a few questions about it."

"It's pretty strange to put something like that out with such little information right before an election," she continued, referring to Friday's announcement coming 11 days before Election Day. "In fact, it's not just strange, it's unprecedented and it is deeply troubling because voters deserve to get full and complete facts."

Clinton also doubled down on her campaign's call for FBI Director James Comey to release more details on what is in the emails that are now under review.

The Democratic former secretary of state then brought up her Republican opponent, Donald Trump, who is attacking Clinton over the FBI review.

"He is doing his best to confuse, mislead and discourage the American people," Clinton said of Trump.

The newly-found emails that are under review by the FBI were discovered in a separate federal investigation of former Congressman Anthony Weiner, whose wife, Huma Abedin, is a longtime aide to Clinton and vice chair of her campaign. The FBI found emails on at least one device used by both Weiner and Abedin.

Abedin, who was on the campaign trail with Clinton when the news broke Friday, did not travel with her Saturday. Aides have not said whether this is related to the investigation.

Trump pondered publicly at a campaign event Saturday whether the Clinton campaign would "keep Huma," saying she is a "problem."

The Clinton camp, though, said Abedin has their full support.

"We of course stand behind her," Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta told reporters on a conference call earlier in the afternoon.

The FBI review of the newly-found emails could feed into the concerns of some voters who express doubt about the former secretary of state's trustworthiness.

Clinton, however, told reporters on Friday that she's not too concerned about it affecting the election.

"You know I think people a long time ago made up their minds about the emails," she said.

Some of her supporters at a canvassing kickoff event on Saturday seemed to agree.

"I'm with Bernie Sanders," Jo Bouevier, 51, told ABC News. "Enough with the damn emails."

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

Related Topics