The “October Surprise” was overturned in short order by a “November Surprise.”
Hillary Clinton will not face charges related to any of the emails found on the computer seized in an unrelated investigation, FBI Director James Comey said in a letter to several Congress Members on Sunday.
Comey had set off a firestorm on Oct. 28, just 11 days before the presidential election, when he sent a letter to the Congress Members stating that while searching a computer involved in an unrelated criminal investigation, the FBI had recovered new emails related to the investigation of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server. Previously, in July, Comey had closed the case with a recommendation that Clinton not be charged with a crime, though he said she had been “extremely reckless” in using the private server. The Oct. 28 letter, which indicated that the case was being reopened, set off a ten-day political and media circus.
On Sunday, Comey wrote that since the Oct. 28 letter, “the FBI investigative team has been working around the clock to process and review a large volume of emails” from the computer in question. “During that process, we reviewed all of the communications that were to or from Hillary Clinton when she was Secretary of State.”
“Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton.
“I am grateful to the professionals at the FBI for doing an extraordinary amount of high-quality work in a short period of time.”
Clinton’s poll numbers had sagged considerably since the October Surprise.
Comey’s November Surprise, two days before the election, may perhaps swing momentum back in Clinton’s favor and reinforce Donald Trump’s cries of the election being rigged.