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FBI says it will investigate new Hillary Clinton emails

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The FBI is reviewing a new batch of Hillary Clinton emails, bureau director James Comey said in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday.

"In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation … I agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation," he wrote.

The politically-explosive revelation, which came just 11 days before Election Day, appeared to catch the Clinton campaign by surprise.

"No idea," a top Clinton campaign spokesperson told NBC News.

But the Republican-led House Judiciary Committee quickly applauded the FBI's move.

"The FBI's decision to reopen its investigation into Secretary Clinton reinforces what the House Judiciary Committee has been saying for months: the more we learn about Secretary Clinton's use of a private email server, the clearer it becomes that she and her associates committed wrongdoing and jeopardized national security," their statement read.

Comey, who is also a Republican, took a lot of head in September for his agency's decision to not press criminal charges in the investigation into Clinton's use of a private email sever.

Documents related to the case were released just before the Labor Day weekend and included a summary of Clinton's July interview with the FBI about her private email server, as well as a detailed investigative summary of the case.

The FBI language in the letter to Congress made it clear that new evidence had been discovered and thus will be reviewed — meaning FBI agents will read these emails. It is unusual for the FBI to tell Congress it is looking over newly discovered evidence in a criminal inquiry that was otherwise closed.

The news comes as Clinton has been leading Donald Trump in the polls.

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