WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton’s campaign is calling on FBI Director James Comey to provide a fuller explanation of new steps the agency is taking in connection to its review of the candidate’s use of a private email server.

Chairman John Podesta, in the campaign’s first public statement on the matter, called it “extraordinary” that Comey would not be more forthcoming in his explanation of circumstances behind the FBI’s decision, given that the presidential election is just 11 days away.

“Comey should immediately provide the American public more information than is contained in the letter he sent to eight Republican committee chairmen,” he said.

Podesta took issue with the characterization by Republicans that the agency was “reopening” its investigation, and noted that Comey’s own statement says the emails it is reviewing may not be significant.

The agency discovered new communications in devices seized from close Clinton aide Huma Abedin and her estranged husband, Anthony Weiner, a former New York congressman, according to a law enforcement official.

Podesta also pointed to Comey’s previous public statement explaining his decision not to recommend charges against the Democratic presidential hopeful. Comey said that no reasonable prosecutor would move forward with such a case and added that it was not even a close call.

“The director owes it to the American people to immediately provide the full details of what he is now examining. We are confident this will not produce any conclusions different from the one the FBI reached in July,” he said.


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