Nothing to see here, folks.
After unnecessarily inserting himself into the election, FBI Director James Comey has again cleared Clinton of any wrongdoing, saying the FBI stands by its July conclusion that the Democratic nominee is not guilty of anything with respect to her emails.
“Based on our review,” Director Comey wrote in another letter to Congress on Sunday, “We have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton.”
The full letter:
Breaking – new letter from FBI Director Comey says conclusions re Clinton server from July have not changed pic.twitter.com/QxAMSMah1H
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) November 6, 2016
The shorter version of the letter: “My bad, never mind.”
Comey’s follow up on the non-story of Clinton’s emails comes just two days before Election Day and nine days after his initial letter saying essentially that the FBI found new emails that probably aren’t significant but they’re going to look into anyway.
It’s certainly good news for the Clinton campaign, who already released this statement via Twitter:
We were always confident nothing would cause the July decision to be revisited. Now Director Comey has confirmed ithttps://t.co/BMQQx9eRzw
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) November 6, 2016
What remains to be seen is how this has already affected the presidential race. After all, Comey’s initial announcement came as millions of Americans were casting their ballots early in a series of critical battleground states. If the FBI’s first letter has done damage to Clinton’s campaign, it’s likely that damage will not be undone by Comey’s new letter.
In any case, this is all just a confirmation of what most of us have known all along: The Hillary Clinton email story is much ado about nothing.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.