Trump Aide: FBI Discovery Won’t Be ‘Centerpiece’

WASHINGTON (AP) -
The J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building in Washington DC.
The J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building in Washington DC.

Donald Trump’s campaign manager says the Republican presidential candidate won’t make the FBI’s new email discovery the “centerpiece” of his campaign against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

FBI director James Comey notified Congress Friday that investigators were examining whether newly discovered emails may be relevant to the dormant investigation of Clinton’s use of private emails while secretary of state.

Trump over the weekend used the development to hammer relentlessly at Clinton as the campaign enters its final week.

Despite those comments, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said Monday morning that Trump plans to focus on health care, the fight against the Islamic State terror group, job creation and “certainly ethics.” Conway said Monday that “we don’t plan on making the Comey investigation the main centerpiece of our messaging.”

Clinton, who is set to campaign Monday across Ohio, vowed that she would not be “knocked off course” in the election’s final days by the discovery of new emails. It is unclear what is contained in the emails or if any of them were sent or received by Clinton herself.

“I’m not stopping now, we’re just getting warmed up,” Clinton told a crowd in Florida Sunday.

Trump heads to Michigan for a pair of rallies Monday. It’s a state that last voted for the Republican nominee for president in 1988.