While Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton still maintains the lead in the race for US President 2016, Republican candidate Donald Trump is not far behind; according to recent polls Clinton leads with a mere 1 point. A Washington Post poll estimated the race to clock-in at 46-45 percent for Clinton and Trump.
Clinton’s presidential campaign got a big blow when FBI boss James Comey announced that a new trove of emails has been uncovered, reviving the classified information email controversy where the Clinton, as former Secretary of State, used a home-based private server for official purposes creating a high risk of leak of official US secrets.
Trump capitalized on the recent updates from the FBI, drawing attention away the allegations against him of sexual misconduct. During a rally in Las Vegas on Sunday, media reported Trump as saying “her criminal action was willful, deliberate, intentional and purposeful.”
According to the New York Times, the probe was renewed by FBI when agents seized a laptop used by Huma Abedin, a close aide of Clinton.
“It was long on innuendo, short on facts, so we’re calling on Mr Comey to come forward and explain what’s at issue here,” Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta was quoted as saying, in an attempt to reduce the damage caused by the FBI probe.
Apart from damage to Clinton’s image, experts suggest its highly unlikely that FBI would make significant progress in their investigation before the November 8 polling day, although a few observers believe that Clinton would ultimately face criminal charges.