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that is it for "the lead." i turn you over to one mr. wolf blitzer who is in "the situation room." thanks for watching. i'll see you sunday morning. happening now, breaking new, october bombshell. the fbi tells congress it's renewing its investigation into hillary clinton's e-mails after new e-mails were uncovered in the sexting investigation into former congressman anthony weiner who is now separated from a top clinton aide. how will this stunning new development impact the white house race? a great day, donald trump welcomes news of the fbi's review of the clinton case accusing his rival of unprecedented corruption. fru trump warns supporters clinton must be kept from the oval office. will this surprise twist boost trump's slucmping campaign? new election filings reveal
donald trump only spent $31,000 of his own money on his campaign during the first three weeks of october but trump claims he's spending like crazy, saying he wrote a $10 million which toek his campaign today. will he really spend $100 million on the race as he has promised voters? and plane imagine. passengers scramble to evacuate an american airlines flight as smoke and flames engulf part of the plane. the airline and the faa are giving differing accounts of the crisis. so what went wrong? i'm wolf blitzer and you're in about "the situation room." we're following a dramatic new twist in the presidential campaign. the fbi is reviewing its investigation into hillary clinton's use of a private e-mail server while she was secretary of state after the
discovery of new e-mails that appear to be pertinent to the case. law enforcement sources tell cnn the e-mails were on a device being examined as part of the sexting investigation into former congressman anthony weiner recently separated from top clinton aide huma abedin. donald trump pounced on the news accusing clinton of corruption, quoting now, 00on a scale we ha never seen before. trump was sharply critical of the fbi for not pursuing charges against clinton, but now says he hopes what he call as grave miscarriage of justice is about to be corrected. and he added that the election, quote, might not be as rigged as i thought. wire cov we're covering that this hour with ryan fallen, a trump supporter and former mayor rudy giuliani. our expert analysts are also standing by. let's go to our chief national security correspondent jim
sciutto who is working the story for us. the fbi decision to review the clinton e-mail investigation comes just more than a week before the election. >> that's right. and it began with a cryptic letter to lawmakers which raised more questions than it actually answered. the fbi director saying new e-mails have come to light pertinent to the clinton probe. later we learned from officials speaking only on back grounds that the e-mails were are not from hillary clinton, that is not sent by her, and not from the original clinton e-mail investigation, but a sexting investigation of anthony weiner. 11 days for the election, the fbi director informing law makes he is reviewing new e-mails related to the investigation. law enforcement officials tell cnn the new e-mails were found on a device being examined as part of the probe into anthony weiner who was recently separated from top clinton aide huma abedin. >> wow. >> reporter: this three months
after the fbi recommended closing the probe. in connection with apunrelated case, comey wrote to eight congressional committee chair men the fbi has learned of the existence of e-mails that appear pertinent to the investigation. director comey continued that the fbi will, quote, review these e-mails to determine whether they contain classified information as well as to assess their importance to our investigation. i cannot predict how long it will take us to complete this additional work, wrote. all this after director comey declared on july 5 that clinton had acted carelessly but not criminally. >> in looking back at our investigations into the mishandling or removal of classified information, we cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal charges on these facts. >> reporter: arriving in the key battleground state of iowa, hillary clinton ignored reporters' questions on the topics hour campaign chair says
the director owe it is to the american people to immediately provide the full details of what he has is now examining. we are confident this will not produce any conclusions different from the one the fbi reached in july. donald trump however pounced a the a rally in another battleground, new hampshire. >> hillary clinton's corruption is on aathe a rally in another battleground, new hampshire. >> hillary clinton's corruption is on a scale we have never seen before. we must not let her take her criminal scheme into the oval office. >> reporter: kellyanne conway tweeted a great day just got better. house speaker paul ryan until now locked in a public dispute with his party's nominees alaska accused clinton of mishandling the nation's most important secrets before renewing his call to suspend about all classified briefings for secretary clinton until this matter is fully resolved. this his statement, director comey said the fbi cannot yet
assess whether or not this material may be significant. remember, intent to mishandle classified information was a key deciding factor on criminality. the question, is there new evidence of intent by hillary clinton. that question like many still unanswered and possibly won't be answered before election day. >> jim sciutto, thanks very much. i want to bring in evan perez. you're getting new information from your sources. what are you learning? >> well, what we know right now is that these e-mails were found on a device that the fbi as you know has been doing this investigation into anthony weiner. and they subpoenaed e-mails and devices that he had used alledgedly to sext and underage females. we're told they didn't have the devices in their possession and they now have uncovered these e-mails. we don't know how many, but we're told there is a
considerable number and they are e-mails, to and from huma abedin, his wife. so now the fbi is going through the e-mails to determine whether or not there is any classified information on them, whether or not there is something here that changes the outcome of the investigation that concluded back in july. >> and the decision to actually send this letter to members of congress with only 11 days left before the election, obviously very sensitive decision, the timing extraordinary. what is behind the timing? >> they were in a tough place, the fbi. the fbi director knows that 11 days before the election you don't want to try to affect the election. you don't want to change the outcome of the election with anything like this. but they felt i'm told by sources that the fbi felt that they had no choice but to send this letter to members of congress. the fbi director has testified before congress a number much times on this investigation and this was relevant new information that affects -- that could potentially affect the outcome of the case. so they felt that it was something that they could not hold on to until after the
election. >> evan perez doing excellent reporting. thanks very much. hillary clinton's campaign is calling on the fbi to release more information about the new e-mails and its review. let's go to jeff zeleny covering the clinton campaign for us in iowa. so what is the reaction, jeff? >> reporter: well, hillary clinton has just landed here and she'll be making her way here to a rally. this day was intended to try to really break free this deadlocked race in iowa that she's in with donald trump. they thought this was a moment in the campaign where they were trying to get more votes as opposed to answer more questions. but the campaign was frankly stunned by this, they were not aware that the fbiletter to cap hill. they found out about it the same way all of us did. and this is what john podesta said, director comey's letter refers to e-mails that have come to light in an unrelated case. but we have no idea what e-mails are and the director himself
notes they may not even be significant. it is extra ordinary that we would see something like that just 11 days out from a presidential election. he says the director owes to the american people to immediately provide the full details of what he is now examining. podesta goes on to say we are confident this will not produce any conclusions different from the one the fbi reached in july. but irregardless of that, there is no question that at this moment this is a political gift for donald trump. he seized on it immediately. and the clinton campaign frankly is not sure where it goes from here politically. it is never something you want to happen at the 11th hour of a campaign. >> is huma abedin traveling with hillary clinton today, do you know? >> reporter: she is indeed. she was on the campaign plane this morning as it flew from new york to see dh cedar rapids and here to des moines. she has not said anything and the hillary clinton has not answered questions either. but it certainly does ask the
question, huma abedin remains her top adviser, she's very powerful inside the campaign, she's at the clinton's side most every day. so they are as tight as an adviser and candidate can be. so she is here today in iowa. she has not said anything about this yet at least publicly. >> very close to hillary clinton more than 20 years going back to hillary clinton's days when she was it first lady over at the white house. jeff zeleny, thanks very much. i'm going to be speaking momentarily with hillary clinton's spokesperson brian fallon, but joining us now, donald trump supporter former new york city mayor rudy giuliani. thanks very much for joining us. >> hi, wolf. >> let's talk about the breaking news today. you said back in july you were disappointed in the fbi director comey calling his work logically inconsistent. do you still believe that? >> oh, yes. and jim is a friend of mine. he was one of my assistant u.s. attorneys when i was u.s. attorney in the southern district of new york.
i have great respect for jim. when i read his report, i found his report logically inconsistent. until you got to the end of it, it laid out an absolutely knock down easy case of violating the grossly negligent statute that carry as five year penalty, in fact he even used the magic words she was extremely careless in the handling of classified information, which is a legal definition of gross negligence. she should have been indicted or at least put before a grand jury. the question -- >> let me interrupt for a moment because he said she was extremely careless in handling this kind of information, but he found no reason for recommend criminal charges against her. and he said no prosecutor looking at all of the evidence and he looked at all of the evidence would have done so. >> yeah, i know about 100 that
would. the fact is there are two different laws we have here. we have the intent law and the grossly neglect law. under the grossly neglect law, when he said she was extremely careless, he basically convicted her under that statute. you don't have to show intent. now you have the intent law. she did everything you could possibly do to show that she had intent to violate the criminal laws. she hid her server. she lied about it. made what we call false exculpatory statements, that's what lawyers call it, at least ten times. first saying she never had classified information, then she had classified information. she destroyed 33,000 e-mails after getting a federal subpoena from congress. she destroyed -- >> let me interrupt for a moment. this is the fbi director james comey as you say a friend of yours, he disputes that -- some of those points that you're saying right there. >> no, no.
he doesn't dispute the points you've just said. he disputes the conclusion that you can draw from those. >> he said there was not the enough evidence to go forward with criminal charmges. >> number one, he's wrong and number two, that is not his decision. i have never heard of the fbi director deciding whether you prosecute a case or not. >> he didn't decide, he made a recommendation to the attorney general and the attorney general loretta lynch accepted his recommendation. >> yeah, because she was compromised. she had met five days earlier with the president of the united states in a highly unethical meeting in an airport in phoenix -- >> that was with the former president of united states. >> former president, husband of the subject of the investigation. 38 minute conversation. he was there apparently to play golf. he never did play golf. we don't know what the subject of that conversation was. comey should have recused himself -- i mean the attorney general should have recused herself just based on that.
now we find out just a few days ago that the number two guy in jim comey's investigation had a wife who received -- >> let's talk about -- >> million dollars -- >> mayor, i want to talk about what has happened today now because obviously we can go back and forth on all the history of this. let's talk about what is going on right now. i assume you welcome the discussion to review this new information coming in based on information in a separate case involving anthony weiner. you welcome that decision. >> well, of course i do. >> so has your confidence in the fbi director been restored? >> well, let's see what he concludes about this. the conclusion that he came to in the first investigation defies logic with regard to both statutes including the evidence of intent. let's see the conclusion he comes to on this. >> let me press you on that. >> and i'm wondering -- >> you're saying only if he
concludes that she did engage this criminal activity would your confidence be restored? if he clears her once again, your confidence would not be rehe sore resto restored? >> it depends what the evidence is. i have no kchd in the earlier conclusion. i'm wondering why they haven't opened an investigation of clinton incorporated. the number of criminal violations that have come out in the last two to three weeks about the pay to play state department are extraordinary and the things that were written in those e-mails, those are things that you don't normally gets a a prosecutor to convict somebody of a crime. you usually don't get that clear of a description of a criminal enterprise. the clinton foundation, the state department and what they -- >> so far you may have suspicions out there, but there is no hard evidence of an actual crime based on all the -- >> i can give you one. i can give you one and you have received it. you just haven't emphasized it. ubs was under investigation bay
the irs to reveal 52,000 identities of americans. ubs donated over $3 million to the clinton foundation, gave clinton a $1.5 million speaking fee, and secretary clinton went to geneva and asked the internal revenue service to go easy on switzerland and they gave up only 4,000 documents. i could take that set of facts and -- >> you're talk about totally different issues. this has nothing to do with hillary clinton's private e-mail server. >> why isn't the fbi investigating that? >> you can have that conversation with james comey and we'll see where he goes from there. donald trump says the system is in his words totally rigged and he said that when the fbi director originally recommended no charges against hillary clinton. today donald trump says the system in his words might not be as rigged as he once thought because of what happened today. do you agree with donald trump? >> i don't know enough about
what happened today. i get two conflicting stories. one story that i get is the one consistent with what your reporter said that this came up in the investigation of weiner and his sexting. the other story that i get is there has been a tremendous amount of dissension within the fbi, a tremendous amount that the original investigation was mishandled. real, real anger that the clinton foundation, clinton pay for p to play state department isn't being investigated and that he had to do something to call down and internal -- >> so is the system only rigged when the fbi director decides to go against you? >> no. absolutely not. i happen to be the u.s. attorney who recommended special prosecutor are for the republican attorney general. i also indicted the one union that was supporting republicans when i was a republican u.s. attorney. the system spts only rigged when it goes against me. the system is rigged when you
come to a completely illogical conclusion whether a republican or a democrat. >> because donald trump accused the fbi and justice department of being rigged because they went forward, take a look at this tweet from donald trump, crooked hillary colluded with fbi and doj and media is covering up to protect her. it's a rigged system, our country deserves better. he says it's a rigged system, the fbi and department of just sis. you don't agree with that, right? >> do i glae that original investigation and the way it was handled by the justice department was entirely unethical in gentleme? yes. i don't know if i know exactly the definition rigged. but the meeting with the president, number two guy getting all this money from one of the people who sold the lincoln bedroom. the reading to me says that the
interview of hillary clinton was a joke. it was a joke. i mean, she told them she didn't know what c meant, c meant confidential. the fbi agent didn't ask her did you see an a, a b, a d, an e? >> but mayor, you know how the fbi explained that, how comey explained that c oig. and you dealt with classified information. classified information every document that is crais classifi a heard he at the top that says classified and then says the left, confidential, secret, top secret, secure. it has that header. the fbi director said when hillary clinton had that c in that document, there was no header, it was in the body of the document and she just saw a c that didn't necessarily mean confidential. >> no, it didn't actually -- comey didn't actually say that. that was her explanation. >> i'll play the clip for you.
here is the exchange that comey had with a member of congress in which he explained -- >> that is based on her exp man nati plan nation. >> that hillary clinton had a good reason not to see the c. >> the absence of a header would tell her immediately that those flee documents were not classified, am i correct in that? >> that would be a reasonable inference. >> a reason inferencinference. you heard him say that. >> but when you see a c, and it isn't just a c, it's a c first in parentheses, then another parentheses around it, and then a large c. her examination in the 302 which i read very carefully was she thought she was an indication of alphabetical order. the next logical question by the investigator -- >> my folks are telling me we have to wrap it up. >> well, you won't let me finish the explanation. >> i want to point out there was
no header. >> but what she did when she said that was absolutely a lie. if she didn't know that c meant confidential, they shouldn't be our secretary of state. >> but there was no header saying classified information. >> it doesn't hear. you don't need a header. i looked at thousand of classified documents, didn't have a header. it had a c on it. >> every classified document has a header at the top of it and then it explains what level of classification. >> it does not. and when you see a c, you know it means con iffif i deny shal information. when you don't see a, b, d or f, you know it's not alphabetical order. al if bphabetical order was her explanation of why she didn't think it was confidential. and there were no other letters. which means she lied to the fbi for which martha stewart went to the jail. >> check out the classified document and see if there is always a header. if there is no header, it's a
little confusing. >> and also read the caa manual if you can get it. if it's a c with a paren around it, it's confidential. >> on classified documents where the header exists. that's the point that intelligence officials -- >> confidential is a level of classification. sk confidential and top secret. >> that is absolutely correct. but the point that they're making -- >> c means classified. >> they're saying there was no header. we could go back and forth. mayor, thanks so much for joining us. >> you're welcome. >> we heard from one side. let's hear from the other side. brian fallon press secretary for the clinton campaign, former justice department spokesman. here's what i want you do. stay with us. i want to get your reaction to what we just lettered frheard f giuliani. we have to take a quick break. we'll resume the conversation in a moment. two, please. (man) it was his turn to buy the next round.
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breaking news, the footooib tells congress it's renewing its investigation into hillary clinton's private e-mail server. brian fallon is standing by. we'll talk about all of this, but first let's go to jim acosta. jim, the trump campaign is obviously warmly welcoming this latest development. >> that's right. the trump campaign is calling this a great day and for donald trump the news that the fbi is once again investigating hillary clinton's e-mails is an october surprise that actually helps his campaign. >> it sounded like a victory party in new hampshire as donald trump supporters erupted into cheers. but it wasn't the election
returns coming in. >> i need to open with a very critical breaking news announcement. >> reporter: it was the headline that it's no longer case closed for the fbi's investigation into hillary clinton's e-mail practices. >> hillary clinton's corruption is on a scale we have never seen before. we must not let her take her criminal scheme into the oval office. >> reporter: for trump the fbi my longer be on the rigged list. >> the system is rigged. but what i've just announced, it might not be as rigged as i thought. right? right? the fbi, i think they will right the ship, folks. i think they will right the ship. and they will save their great reputation by doing so.
>> reporter: for once it was an october surprise that was bailing trump out of a bad news cycle. the day started with questions about whether trump had stopped spending his own money on his campaign. trump says that is all taken care of. >> today i wrote another check for $10 million, i'm spending money like crazy. i'll probably have over maybe close to or over $100 million of my money spent on the campaign. but there is something nice about that. unless i lose in which casey say what was that all about? >> reporter: the $10 million check comescasey say what was that all about? >> reporter: the $10 million check comes after a report reveals he only spent $31,000 during the first three weeks of october and just $56 million of the $100 million he promised voters. a promise his campaign manager says he will keep. >> he will continue to make investments into his campaign including in these last 11 days. he has said publicly many times he is in for $100 million.
and he is happy to invest in his campaign. >> reporter: as for the cam p pain's last big october surprise that "access hollywood" video showing trump using offensive language about women, the gop nominee is now threatening to see the program's owners in. >> i just don't know. i think it was very negative, it was locker room talk. the microphone was not supposed to be on, not that that was an excuse, but it was an illegal act by nbc. >> reporter: trump acknowledged how value being the e-mail story may be in the final days of the campaign telling the crowd the aides urged him to skip the rally just so they could bask in the news. >> they said mr. trump, i think they would understand we could skip your speech in new hampshire this is so big. i said i don't have the courage to skip the speech in new
hampshire. >> reporter: as good as the e-mail news is for the trump campaign, he still has to battle back into this race. keep in mind millions of votes have already been cast when other news cycles were not treating him so well and he's campaigning in maine right now, we know maine splits its electoral votes, that is a sign that they know this race if they have a chance of winning is going to be extremely close, wolf. >> jim acosta reporting for us. thanks very much for that update about that let's get to more on the breaking news. we're joined by clinton campaign press secretary brian fallon. thanks for joining us. >> good afternoon. >> when was hillary clinton in fact, when awere her lawyers informed about this development that there is a new review under way? >> we learned about it and she learned about it the same time everyone else did. but i guess if the director of the fbi was going to be sending a letter to eight different republican chair men on capitol hill, it shouldn't be a surprise
to anyone that it would leak out almost instantly. but if you look actually at what -- >> let me interrupt you for a moment. he also september that same letter to the ranking democratic members of those relevant committees, as well, not just the chair men. but go ahead. >> right. i highly suspect it came out by virtue of the republican chairman, but i don't know that for a fact. at any case, if you look at the wording of the letter, i think that a lot of the reports today are mis charactericharacterizin. you see a lot of headlines suggesting that an investigation is being reopened. and that is a term of art. the letter does not say that. secondly, director comey says that these e-mails or messages the material that they're look at may very well prove to not be ci significant at all and that the material is arising out much an unrelated matter. and in the reports that have come out in the subs quiequent
hours, the suggestions are that it doesn't have anything do with her e-mail server argument at all. so all of these things create potential con test that the voters are not hearing because director comey is withholding the most important information that would shine a bright light on what is actually at issue and what is being looked at here. so our campaign is saying that director comey needs to at this point come forward with additional information, do for the just rely on this three paragraph letter that has now raised the specter of something that has to do with this e-mail investigation when it may not at all and at this point, wolf, both campaigns, our campaign and the trump campaign are calling on director comey to put more information out there. i know that the trump campaign is doing it for different reasons, but both think that the voters have the right to additional information. so at this point i think it's incumbent on director comey to release more information about the underlying facts here. >> in the letter he said in an unrelated case the fbi has learned of the existence of
e-mails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation. we have now learned our producer and jim sciutto that the e-mails in question which raised the interest of the fbi were sent or received by hillary clinton's long time aide huma abedin, still the wife but separated from anthony weiner, this according to a law enforcement official. and the official also tells us there were in his words a considerable number of e-mails being reviewed from at least one device shared by huma abedin and her husband anthony weiner, the e-mails span a lengthy period of time, separate official described it potentially as thousands of e-mails they are now reviewing. so clearly huma abedin is very, very close to hillary clinton. and that's why they have decided to go ahead and review all of this. does that make sense to you? >> huma abedin is very close to
hillary clinton, wolf, and she's been a long time trusted member of this campaign. and hillary clinton's staff. and i have a great deal amount of respect for huma abedin as does everyone that works on this campaign. and when we're successful in ten day, we will all take great pride in that clueing huma abedin including huma abedin. but that stuff is unknown to us and makes it more in-consume event onhuma abedin including huma abedin. but that stuff is unknown to us and makes it more in-consume event on including tregts tore comey to put forward the facts. if they involve hillary clinton, the voters should know that. if they were not taken from her server equipment which was the subject of the investigation that was concluded several months ago, the voter shoes know that. at this point innuendo is not a substitute for fact.shoes know that. at this point innuendo is not a substitute for fact. if you're going to introduce something 11 days to go, you need to provide full information. and at this point director comey is just unleashing a wildfire of
innuendo, an nonhusbaonymously reports. it's incumbent stand up, hold another press conference, answer questions, provide more information. >> do you know what was shared by huma abedin about these e-mails and we're now saying may be thousands of e-mails with the campaign, what she has told the campaign, what she's told hillary clinton and hillary clinton's lawyers, what may have been contained in those e-mails? >> of course we do not knowey mt because he's not told anyone, hillary clinton's campaign or the american public. >> but huma abedin would know what kind of e-mails were in her iphone or whatever. >> sure, wolf, let's be clear. at this point when the fbi conducted its investigation of hillary clinton's server equipment, it looked at all the e-mails sent to and from secretary clinton including by her aides including huma abedin.
so it took account of those same people and i believe that the outcome of that investigation affirm what had we have said all along which is that hillary clinton and her closest aides took the issue of classified information very seriously as the director affirmed. there were no e-mail messages that were properly marked as classified, none that had headers at the top that would have denoted that the material should be considered classified. the director affirmed that and that's why he said it wasn't even a close call when he made the decision not to go forward with any case. of course republicans didn't like that outcome. they have been second guessing it every since making completely unsub standi unsubstantiated allegations and subjected the fbi to political pressure. so i think it's unfortunate if the sending of this letter was at all something that happened as a result of that extensive political pressure that has been applied not just by du and his campaign but by congressional republicans. >> when the investigation of the
private server was going on, hillary clinton's private e-mail server was going on, huma abedin was called to testify before the fbi, right? >> that's correct. >> did she receive immunity in exchange for her testimony? >> wolf, the details of that investigation have now been provided in great detail to capitol hill. there has been an extra ordinary level of disclosure i don't understand which any other american if they were accused of anything and primarily investigated by the u.s. department of justice would ever be subjected to. if you want to talk about double standards, let's look at how this investigation was conducted. the steps that were taken in terms of having a press conference to announce the results of an investigation to any career prosecutor, it goes against every guideline that the justice department has on the books. now, director comey who is a person of great in-federal government griintegrity has mad the acknowledgement that that is an unprecedented case. federal
government integrity has made the acknowledgement that that is an unprecedented case.federal government integrity has made the acknowledgement that that is an unprecedented case. but now it's an additional step of releasing a letter with just a tidbit of information. >> imjoo . >> i'm just wondering if huma abedin when she was testifying, did she report to the fbi about what we're now say rg thousands of e-mails that you're now reviewing on her cellphone or on her private computer? do you know if she good? >> what i can say, she cooperated just like other aides did and answered the questions just like all the other ai oeth did and hillary clinton did. what we're engaging this is outright speculation that what could possibly be an issue. not any members of congress were on the receiving he saend of th letter is talking. jim companiy l comey needs to,
appropriate step and both campaigns are urging him to take, is to release additional information. if you have to do it with redactions, do take. but you can certainly provide additional information because he owes it to the american voters at this point to crop th drop in middle of a campaign when 20 million people have already voted. and the choice is clear. donald trump's campaign is fliling. for this to be introduced now, the least can he do is explain why it's relevanrelevant. >> and as you point out, for different reasons both campaigns both comey to release more information. brian fallon, thanks very much for joining us. breaking news continues. we will talk with our political experts about the october bombshell, what impact will it have on this race for the white house. [ male announcer ] eligible for medicare?
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let's get comfortable with our food again. breaking news, e-mails found on a device being examined as part of the anthony weiner sexting problem have led the fbi to review whether they're pertinent to the investigation of hillary clinton's e-mail server. a law enforce him official says the e-mails were sent or received by huma abedin, a close aide and he is sfraestranged wi vooen. we anthony weiner. let's get insight. how damaging potentially could this be for the hillary clinton campaign? >> the last thing that the hillary clinton campaign wanted to be talking about 11 days out is the e-mail story again and having that back in the headlines. this is not at all what they were hoping for and listen, we've seen some tightening of
the polls. they're pretty confident in the position they have in this race. but they know that it will be close in a lot of key states and this is not what they want to talk about. that being said, conversely, i think its biggest impact is a huge boost to donald trump psychologically to his supporters. this is like a life force inside that campaign right now that clearly is on defense, but now this gives them something to hang on to and push forward to, put wind in their sails. all of that being said, i will be surprised about if this has a huge impact on voters because we've had so much information that entire campaign season about hillary clinton and her e-mails that i've got to believe voters have railroaded bakalrea baked that into their decision making. >> but if you're on the fence,r baked that into their decision making. >> but if you're on the fence, you don't like hillary clintdon you can't stand hillary clinton, i think that will make an impact. in the long term, we don't have
all the information about what happened here. i think there are still some unknowns. >> a lot of unknowns. and 15 million or 20 million americans have already voted. mark preston, back in august, huma abedin separated from anthony weiner, her husband over the sexting scandal. donald trump then put out a statement, let me read it to you, huma is making a very wise decision. i know anthony weiner well and she will be far better off without him. i only worry for the country in that hillary clinton was careless and negligence in allowing weiner to have such close proximity to highly classified information. who knows what he learned and who he told. just another example of hillary clinton's bad judgment. it's possible that our country and its security is greatly compromised by this. so was trump right? >> well, i don't think that necessarily he was right that our country's secrets have been greatly compromised. we don't know what has been found or if the russians or
chinese were able to get any information about this. but you know what, it also goes to show that huma abedin if we are to believe that that is what the fbi is doing right now and that's what we're being told by reporters, that she was very careless sharing there information on a shared device with her husband at the time. you know, wolf, when we talk about october surprises right now, this is the third one we've seen. we've had wikileaks, we've now had this. and then of course we've had the "access hollywood" tape. will there be a fourth surprise? who knows. >> let's talk about the legal part of this. you were worked for a u.s. attorney. how extraordinary is this this 11 days before a presidential election for the fbi director to come forward and make a statement like this? >> very. it's unprecedented certainly in a presidential election. and there is an fbi policy that says in most circumstances the
fbi should refrain from any politically sensitive announcement 60 days outside of a -- any sort of election. now, that is not a binding recommendation and what happened here clearly is that director comey said in his testimony and his statement that the investigation was complete. someone came to him in connection with the anthony weiner investigation and said, look, there are more e-mails we need to look at. he said go ahead. then he realized his statement was no longer -- the investigation was not complete. but that does not mean that hillary clinton is herself under investigation, that the e-mails are from her or by her. it just means there are e-mails that need to be investigated in connection with this larger investigation. that doesn't make it politically good for her, it's horrible for hillary clinton. but legally, we're in a very
preliminary stage. >> so should the fbi accept the recommendation much both campaigns, the trump campaign, clinton campaign, for different reasons and release specific information now before the election so that the american people have a better appreciation of what's going on? >> based on everything i know about the fbi, including director comey, i think we have heard the last of this information for the next 11 days and well beyond. the issues that are in this investigation, is the material classified? that takes days, if not weeks to evaluate. and apparently, there are many, many e-mails. it's not up to the fbi to decide what's classified. they have to go to other agencies and determine whether the information is classified. there's no way that can be resolved before november 8. so i think the people have as much information as they're going to get about this investigation. both sides will spin it the way
they want to. obviously, i and other journalists are going to try to find out as much as we can. but i don't think we're going to hear again from director comey, despite the campaign. >> why would he come out at this sensitive moment and release this leter? >> because of that word "complete." he said very clearly the investigation was complete. once his people came to him yesterday -- this letter refers to information that came to him yesterday, he had to decide whether this investigation was no longer complete, and whether his statement was still accurate to congress and to the public. now, the question that i'm sure a lot of people are going to ask, and i have myself, is did he really have to do it now so shortly before the election? could he have put it off? and i think he decided, and we'll have to evaluate later, whether it was appropriate. but he said he had to do it right away to say that this
investigation was no longer complete. certainly there are people who would have said look, in consistent with fbi policy, he should have waited until after the election was over. but that's not the choice he made. >> david, how should hillary clinton handle this latest development? >> she's going to have to address it. i imagine brian fallon, in your interview, gave us some clues what she's going say. she would i imagine will come out to try to pressure jim comey to come out and reveal more information, give as much context to the american people as possible. but if she thought she was done answering questions about her e-mails for this election season, i think that's misguided. she's going to have to talk about it. >> huma abedin and hillary clinton have been close for many years, during when she was first lady at the clinton white house. a lot of people are asking how much of a liability is she right now to hillary clinton?
>> i think it depends on what they find on that laptop, honestly. to mark's point, if they do find out that she was careless with classified information by keeping it on a shared computer, that could be a real liability for hillary clinton, because this is someone who could potentially be involved -- closely involved in a clinton white house, if she wins. so she's going to have to answer those questions and make a tough decision if she was careless. >> as awkward as the letter from the u.s. department of justice, the fbi's letter, comey's letter to these members of congress was, all of a sudden, anthony weiner's name gets involved in this latest development. who would have thought that was going to happen? it's a very strange development indeed. >> it is. and it's very tawdry. the fact is, anthony weiner, once that rising star, is going to go down in the history books as somebody who flamed out very fast and in a very awful and public way for his own
recklessness. when we talk about how this is going to affect the election and hillary clinton, that remains to be seen about what comes out. but there could be collateral damage on this right now, when we're looking at down ballot democrats, we've seen republicans seize on this, particularly those in tough races in the u.s. house of representatives, trying to tie the democratic opponents to hillary clinton and saying look how close they are to her, she's reckless, you need to put me in office, at least to keep a check and balance on hillary clinton and the clinton administration. so assuming she were to win. so the bottom line is, there could be collateral damage in this. >> the fbi is investigating anthony weiner for allegedly sexting with a minor. that's why this fbi investigation was under way right now. everybody, stand by. the breaking news we're following hillary clinton's e-mail controversy, exploding back to life. new details of the fbi's review of her case and the connection to the anthony weiner sexting
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weiner, the estranged husband of clinton's closest aide, huma abedin. new details this hour. not so rigged. donald trump says maybe the fbi's investigation of clinton isn't as crooked as he thought. his campaign is practically giddy right now with clinton's e-mail scandal back in the spotlight. will this new twist distract from trump's many controversies? mid-air miss. a russian warplane flies close to a u.s. jet. tonight, the risk of an actual collision that could raise global tensions even higher. panic on the runway. an american airlines jet aborts takeoff in an emergency that sends smoke shooting from the plane and terrifies passengers. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room."