Comey felt obliged to send letter to Congress

FILE - In this July 14, 2016 file photo, FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The FBI informed Congress Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, it is investigating whether there is classified information in new emails that have emerged in its probe of Hillary Clinton's private server. The FBI said in July its investigation was finished. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
FILE - In this July 14, 2016 file photo, FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The FBI informed Congress Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, it is investigating whether there is classified information in new emails that have emerged in its probe of Hillary Clinton's private server. The FBI said in July its investigation was finished. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) – FBI Director James Comey says he felt an “obligation” to send a letter to Congress advising lawmakers that the bureau is looking into more emails connected to Hillary Clinton after he had testified repeatedly that the investigation was completed.

Comey tells FBI employees in an internal email, obtained by The Associated Press, that he also thinks “it would be misleading to the American people were we not to supplement the record.”

The FBI is investigating whether there is classified information in new emails uncovered during the sexting investigation of the estranged husband of one of Hillary Clinton’s closest aides.

Comey reiterates that “we don’t know the significance of this newly discovered collection of emails.” He also notes he is aware “there is significant risk of being misunderstood” in sending Congress such a letter “in the middle of an election season.”

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