Can't touch this: Hillary Clinton's chances unaffected by latest email scandal

Sahil Bhalla @IMSahilBhalla | First published: 1 November 2016, 20:12 IST
Can't touch this: Hillary Clinton's chances unaffected by latest email scandal

On the last day of October - also known as Halloween - the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) began loading around 650,000 emails into a special computer program. The emails belong to a top aide of Clinton, Huma Abedin, and her husband, Anthony Weiner, said FBI director James B. Comey.

According to CNN's sources, the FBI discovered these new emails while investigating Weiner sexting a 15-year-old girl.

The program allows the FBI analysts to see which ones are duplicates (after being referenced with the ones they've already read as a part of the investigation into the use of Mrs. Clinton's private server) and which ones contain classified information. The previous investigation was completed in July and they decided not to file any charges.

No time left

Since there is a treasure trove of emails, and only a week before the general elections, officials say that it'll be near impossible to sift through them and give an opinion before voting day unless of course there are no classified emails. Then it is an open and shut case.

The next question is whether or not the investigation will be complete by inauguration day, i.e., 20 January. Unfortunately for everyone eagerly waiting, the FBI has given no timeline.

Furthermore, if the investigation is complete after Clinton is sworn in (if she defeats The Donald, of course), there is no guarantee she would be impeached. For that to happen, there has to be classified content found in the emails and a court would then have to be convinced that there was criminal intent to share the information, or to purposely mishandle it.