Today, FBI Director James Comey informed Congress that he is reopening the FBI’s criminal investigation into Clinton's email scandal. Director Comey went on to say that the FBI learned of the existence of additional emails and would review the emails to determine if they are classified and their importance to the previously closed investigation.
The FBI Director spent his entire professional career and rose through the ranks as a career attorney at the Department of Justice all the way to Deputy Attorney General under President George W. Bush. You don’t get to that level without being politically astute.
For Director Comey to reopen the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s personal server and the mishandling of classified information a mere two weeks before the U.S. presidential election means that the evidence that the FBI has come into possession is significant and potentially criminal in nature.
Director Comey understands the effects that reopening the investigation could have on the U.S. election and wouldn’t do so lightly.
If the emails in question are in fact classified but do not reveal any intent of the sender to unlawfully disclose national security information then I think the matter will be handled the same way as the investigation was while it was closed.
However, if the emails in question contain evidence to suggest further pay-to-play at the Clinton foundation, evidence that subjects of the investigation lied to the FBI, someone tried to obstruct the FBIs investigation, or that someone did in fact intentionally disclose classified national security information, then this case could lead to a criminal indictment in short order.
So while the exact nature and classification of the emails in question are unclear, I think it is safe to assume that they contain significant evidence of criminal activity.
If not, then FBI Director Comey, a man otherwise known to have unquestionable integrity, will have some serious questions to answer.