In a stunning announcement just eleven days from the November elections, FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers in Congress that new information had come to light related to the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server, and that the FBI would review the material, delighting Republicans who have demanded a broader probe.
"In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation," Comey wrote in a letter to key lawmakers.
"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 this investigation," Comey added.
But soon after, the FBI made clear to reporters that none of the new emails had been sent by Hillary Clinton herself, somewhat clouding the story, as evidently the "unrelated case" involved a review of former Congressman Anthony Weiner, who was married to top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
Republicans in the Congress though zeroed in immediately on Clinton.
At a campaign rally in New Hampshire, Donald Trump immediately latched on to the news, declaring that it was time for the FBI to reconsider its decision not to pursue criminal charges against Clinton, what he called a "horrible mistake" and a "grave miscarriage of justice."
"Perhaps finally justice will be served," Trump said to loud cheers.
But for the Clinton campaign, this was an unnecessary miscue by the FBI Director, as top Clinton aide John Podesta called for the FBI to make more public.