During a phone call with senior campaign donors, Mrs Clinton said she was winning until FBI director James Comey sent a letter to Congress announcing that the FBI had uncovered emails possibly related to its earlier probe into her use of a private server as secretary of state
The new examination was sparked by an unrelated investigation into former New York politician Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of one of her senior aides. The surprise announcement by the FBI on October 28 came after three debates in which Republican Donald Trump was widely criticised for his performance.
Mrs Clinton told the donors that her campaign was leading by large margins in nearly every battleground state and was tied in Arizona, a traditionally Republican stronghold, until Mr Comey released his letter.
Mr Trump’s campaign and Republican supporters seized on the news, even though it was unclear whether Mrs Clinton’s correspondence was tied up in the probe. Mr Comey told politicians on the Sunday before the election that the bureau had found no evidence to warrant criminal charges. Read more