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FBI lifts Clinton cloud

Published:Monday | November 7, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (left), accompanied by LeBron James, takes the stage at a rally at the Cleveland Public Auditorium yesterday.


In an extraordinary last-minute twist to a volatile campaign, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director James Comey lifted the cloud he had placed over Hillary Clinton, saying yesterday the bureau had found no evidence in its hurried review of newly discovered emails to warrant criminal charges against her.

Comey's move capped a stunning chapter in the bitter, deeply divisive contest between Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. The director's initial decision to make a renewed inquiry into Clinton's emails public on October 28 upended the campaign at a crucial moment, sapping a surging Clinton's momentum and giving Trump fresh ammunition to challenge her trustworthiness.

Clinton's campaign, furious at Comey's handling of the review, welcomed yesterday's announcement.

Communications director Jennifer Palmieri told reporters, "We're glad this matter is resolved," though Clinton herself did not mention the issue during a rally in Ohio with basketball superstar LeBron James.