Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says FBI Director James Comey regained his reputation by disclosing the probe into more material that might relate to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump continued his attack against Democratic rival of Hillary Clinton on Monday (October 31), repeatedly referencing her email scandal and the latest news from the FBI that the agency was once again probing more material that might relate to Clinton's use of a private email server. At a campaign stop in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Trump praised FBI Director James Comey for revealing the probe last week in a letter to Congress. "That was so bad what happened originally and it took guts for Director Comey to make the move that he made in light of the opposition he had where they're trying to protect her from criminal prosecution," Trump said. The Clinton campaign and its supporters furiously attacked Comey for releasing information that raised questions but provided no details so close to the election. Some party leaders said the agency was concealing damaging information about the Trump campaign. The FBI spent a year investigating Clinton's use of a private email server, instead of government systems, while she was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013. Comey concluded in July that while Clinton and her staff had been "extremely careless" in handling classified information there were no grounds for any charges. But the issue resurfaced unexpectedly on Friday when Comey sent a brief letter to members of Congress to tell them the agency was looking at new emails. He said "we don't know the significance of this newly discovered collection of emails," which were found during an unrelated probe into the estranged husband of a top Clinton aide. But Trump, a wealthy New York businessman, used the news to charge that Clinton represents a corrupt political system.