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October 31, 2016

FBI investigates new set of Clinton-related emails

Essential question

How important do you think the last week of campaigning is in a presidential election?

The Federal Bureau of Investigation told members of Congress on Friday that it is reviewing a new batch of emails related to Hillary Clinton’s private email server that she used as President Obama’s Secretary of State. The content and significance of the emails has not yet been determined or made public.

FBI director James Comey’s announcement came after the Bureau found emails in an unrelated case that might be relevant to the Clinton private server inquiry. The emails were found on a device that belonged to former U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

The FBI closed its initial investigation in July when it found that Clinton, while “careless,” had not carried out acts of criminal wrongdoing.

The timing of Comey’s letter just 11 days before Election Day drew criticism from Democrats and some Republicans who said it could potentially tip the scales in the presidential race in favor of Republican Donald Trump. The Clinton campaign has called on the FBI to reveal all it knows about the emails.

Key terms

email server — a high-capacity computing device that runs software dedicated to sending, delivery and storage of electronic mail messages

incumbent — one who holds an office or post

Warm up questions (before watching the video)
  1. How important is fundraising to a presidential campaign?
  2. What do you know about the controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her term as secretary of state?
  3. How do you feel now that the election is in its last week?
Critical thinking questions (after watching the video)
  1. Why is it significant that the FBI decided to reopen the case regarding Hillary Clinton’s emails now?
  2. Do you think the new information will impact Clinton’s campaign?
  3. Why did Donald Trump pledge to self-fund his campaign? What kind of statement is he trying to make?
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