FBI obtains search warrant to start reviewing Clinton emails

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton smiles as Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., speaks during a campaign event at the Taylor Allderdice High School, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in Pittsburgh, Pa. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton smiles as Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., speaks during a campaign event at the Taylor Allderdice High School, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in Pittsburgh, Pa. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

WASHINGTON (AP)  –  The Latest on the 2016 presidential race (all times EDT):

7:15 p.m.

A law enforcement official says the FBI has obtained a search warrant to start reviewing newly discovered emails that may be tied to the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

The official was not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The emails were discovered on a device seized during an unrelated sexting investigation into former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner. He is the estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

FBI Director James Comey on Friday said the FBI would take steps to review those emails to see if any were classified.

It’s not clear what connection, if any, the newly discovered emails might have to the Clinton email investigation.

__ Associated Press writer Eric Tucker.

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6:45 p.m.

Former Attorney General Eric Holder and dozens of other former federal prosecutors have signed a letter critical of FBI Director James Comey.

The letter obtained Sunday by The Associated Press says Comey broke from Justice Department policy when he alerted Congress to the new discovery of emails potentially related to the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

That policy is meant to prevent the appearance of prosecutors affecting the electoral process.

The ex-prosecutors say in the letter that Comey’s disclosure has “invited considerable, uninformed public speculation” about the significance of the emails.

Comey has said he felt obligated to notify Congress about the existence of the new emails given his past public statements that the investigation had ended.

The former prosecutors say in the letter the American public deserves more information.

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6:30 p.m.

Donald Trump is continuing to raise questions about the integrity of Colorado’s vote-by-mail system without evidence as he pays his second visit to the state in as many days.

Trump tells volunteers at a phone bank before a rally in Greeley, Colorado, “The one thing I worry about is the ballots.”

The GOP nominee has repeatedly raised doubts about the integrity of the U.S. election despite the fact that experts say fraud is extremely rare.

Trump described a fictional scene on Saturday in which ballot-counters only log the votes they like.

Still, Trump sounds confident about his chances in the state. President Barack Obama won Colorado in both 2008 and 2012.

He asks, “Are we doing as well in Colorado as I’m hearing? I’m hearing like unbelievable things.”

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5:30 p.m.

Tim Kaine says the FBI director James Comey’s announcement that the agency is reviewing new emails that may be connected to Hillary Clinton has “revved up enthusiasm” among Democrats.

The Democratic vice presidential candidate is speaking at a rally in Taylor, Michigan. Kaine says it was “very unusual” that Comey sent a letter to Congress about newly found emails just 11 days before the election.

Kaine’s encouraging the crowd not to be “distracted” by the latest email news.

The Clinton campaign is calling on the FBI to release more information about the emails and the investigation immediately.

The new emails were discovered in a separate inquiry into sexting by former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner. Weiner is the estranged husband of long-time Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

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3:30 p.m.

Donald Trump is thanking former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner for his role in the FBI’s discovery of new emails that may be pertinent to its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

Trump tells a rowdy rally crowd in Las Vegas that, “We never thought we were going to say thank you to Anthony Weiner.”

The new emails were discovered during a separate investigation into Weiner’s sexting. Weiner is the estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

Trump is also again accusing the Justice Department of trying to protect Clinton. He offered no evidence of his claim.

But he says, “Hillary has nobody but herself to blame for her mounting legal problems.”

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2:45 p.m.

A law enforcement official says FBI investigators in the Anthony Weiner sexting probe knew for weeks about the existence of newly discovered emails that might be relevant to the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

FBI Director James Comey said he was briefed Thursday about that development; he told Congress on Friday that investigators had found emails that were potentially relevant to the Clinton investigation.

The emails were found on a device that belonged to Weiner, the estranged husband of close Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

The official was not authorized to discuss the matter by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

A second law enforcement official also said the FBI was aware for a period of time about the emails before Comey was briefed, but wasn’t more specific.

__ Associated Press writer Eric Tucker.

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2:30 p.m.

Hilary Clinton is slamming Donald Trump’s lack of charitable giving, saying “it’s always Donald Trump first and everyone else second.”

Clinton singled out a Washington Post report that Trump attended a fundraiser for young children with HIV but never donated money. “Who does that?” she asked.

Clinton is speaking to gay and lesbian supporters in South Florida, where she’s spent the day campaigning. She said Trump has a “terrible record on LGBT rights” and warned he would nominate Supreme Court justices who would overturn the legality of gay marriage.

Clinton urged supporters to show up to vote in big numbers, declaring, “Let’s break every single record.”

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12:55 p.m.

Donald Trump’s wife will be making a rare appearance on the campaign trail with just days to go before Election Day.

Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway tweets that Melania Trump will deliver a speech Thursday in suburban Pennsylvania.

It will be her first appearance on the campaign trail since her speech at the Republican National Convention.

That speech was well-received. But it was quickly overshadowed with allegations that she had plagiarized sections from a speech given by First Lady Michelle Obama.

Mrs. Trump has taken an unusually behind-the-scenes role in the election, choosing to stay home with her son instead of joining her husband on the trail.

The campaign did not immediately respond to questions about the topic of the speech or whether she would be accompanied by her husband.

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12:45 p.m.

Donald Trump is kicking off a day of campaigning in the West with a stop at a nondenominational church in Las Vegas.

Trump swayed and clapped to the music at the International Church of Las Vegas. Churchgoers were on their feet, and dancing and singing to the choir and band.

Earlier in October, the Republican presidential nominee visited a school affiliated with the church.

Trump plans a Las Vegas rally later Sunday before stops in Colorado and New Mexico.

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12:40 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is encouraging churchgoers to reflect on the disappointments in their lives and how they’ve been able to overcome.

Clinton spoke at a predominantly black church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and said “suffering produces endurance and endurance produces character.”

She didn’t directly mention a new FBI inquiry tied to her email use while at the State Department. Her campaign has demanded the FBI be more forthcoming about what new information it’s seeking.

Clinton told the congregation that if she wins the White House, she won’t shy away from taking on racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination. She said he’s work to defend President Barack Obama’s legacy, and that led the church members to leap up.

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11:50 a.m.

A supervisor in a suburban New York City town says Bill and Hillary Clinton and their contractor are getting permits to renovate their property after a newspaper reported they hadn’t done that even though work was underway.

New Castle supervisor Robert Greenstein says in the course of doing some renovations to the property, “it became apparent” the contractor hadn’t secured the required permits.

He says when the Clintons became aware of this, they “immediately took steps with their contractor” to rectify the situation.

The Journal News reported Friday that the Clintons had been renovating the home without permits. The couple bought the three-bedroom home next door to their house in Chappaqua, New York, in August, expanding their property.

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11:40 a.m.

Hillary Clinton is greeting a group of Miami Democrats getting ready to vote early in the presidential election.

Clinton made a Sunday morning stop at a Miami restaurant where dozens of people were having brunch before heading to their polling places. She told them she wanted them to get “fueled up” for the sprint to Election Day on Nov. 8.

Clinton is spending her second day in a row in Florida, the biggest battleground prize at stake in her race against Republican Donald Trump.

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10:10 a.m.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman says FBI Director James Comey should explain the “unprecedented” step of announcing an agency review of new Clinton-related emails just days before a national election.

John Podesta says on CNN’s “State of the Union” that Comey should have reviewed the information more thoroughly before making the decision public. Now, Podesta says, Comey should explain why “he took this unprecedented step, particularly when he said himself in the letter to the Hill that these (emails) may not even be significant.”

The FBI concluded in July its investigation into Clinton’s use of a personal email server. But Comey told Congress on Friday that new emails were discovered during a separate investigation of former New York congressman, Anthony Weiner.

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10:05 a.m.

Donald Trump’s campaign manager says FBI Director James Comey was in an impossible spot when he publicly acknowledged that his agency was looking into a potential new set of messages from Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Kellyanne Conway says that Comey could be accused of interfering in the election if he didn’t disclose that Clinton-related emails were under FBI investigation for the second time in a year.

Conway rejects that Trump and the campaign had besmirched the reputation of Comey after the FBI in July recommended that no charges be filed against Clinton.

She says her comment about “zero accountability” at the FBI was not an attack of Comey, but of the process that led up to Clinton being absolved of charges.

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10 a.m.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is standing by top aide Huma Abedin as the FBI investigates emails found on a laptop she shared with estranged husband Anthony Weiner.

Campaign Manager Robby Mook said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday that he is “absolutely” confident that Abedin has fully complied with the agency during its previous probe into Clinton’s homebrew email server.

Mook noted that FBI Director James Comey did not say in his letter to Congress Friday whose emails the agency is now investigating. He said the onus of releasing the newly-discovered emails lies with the FBI.

Also on NBC, Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence asked why Clinton wouldn’t release Abedin’s emails.

Abedin told lawyers in June in a deposition that she never deleted old emails on her devices/

 

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