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George Will on FBI Probe: ‘This Is a Contentless October Surprise at This Point’

On this weekend’s broadcast of  “Fox News Sunday,” while discussing the FBI reopening the investigation into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s use of a private unsecured email server during her tenure as secretary of state, Washington Post columnist George Will said, “There’s no evidence whatever yet that there is new evidence pertaining to the email thing because this is a contentless October surprise at this point.”

Will said, “Well, it’s – it’s baffling that – the headline coast to coast is, FBI has new evidence. There’s no evidence whatever yet that there is new evidence pertaining to the e-mail thing because this is a contentless October surprise at this point. What Mr. Comey said is the e-mails appear to be pertinent. Well, they can be pertinent without being significant because they can be redundant in demonstrating extreme recklessness. The category the FBI invented to avoid accusing her of gross negligence, which is a felony. So we, perhaps, and we don’t know this, perhaps the FBI has already seen these documents.”

“They don’t know whether they’re duplicates or not,” he continued. “This – after the – Mr. Comey has said no reasonable prosecutor could have looked at what they’ve already looked at and proceeded with a case. Now, the “i” in the acronym FBI says investigation. The duty of the FBI is to investigate and when it thinks it has concluded an investigation, to pass its conclusion on to the prosecutorial arm of the Department of Justice, not to write letters to the legislative branch of government. People say, well, this is happening 11 days before the election. No, no, 17 million votes have already been cast. It’s happening in the middle of the voting.”

(h/t RCP Video)

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