The FBI has obtained a warrant to begin searching newly discovered emails belonging to top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
Agents are attempting to examine as many of the emails as possible before election day on November 8. However the fact there are 650,000 emails has led to fears that the new probe could last weeks, and, if Hillary Clinton wins the election, hamper the early part of her presidency.
“The process has begun,” a federal law enforcement official said.
Emboldened by the latest Clinton scandal, Mr Trump now has a possible path to victory next week and has been targeting Democratic states. Mrs Clinton now leads by just a point in the latest Washington Post/ABC poll – she had enjoyed a 12-point margin last week.
The new emails were discovered on a device seized during an unrelated underage sexting investigation into former New York congressman Anthony Weiner, who is Ms Abedin’s estranged husband.
It remains unclear what connection, if any, the newly discovered emails might have to the Clinton email investigation.
Harry Reid, the Senate Democratic leader, last night accused James Comey, the FBI director, of possibly breaking federal law by announcing the new steps in the email investigation so close to the election.
“Your actions in recent months have demonstrated a disturbing double standard for the treatment of sensitive information, with what appears to be a clear intent to aid one political party over another,” Mr Reid wrote in a letter to Mr Comey.
“I am writing to inform you that my office has determined that these actions may violate the Hatch Act, which bars FBI officials from using their official authority to influence an election. Through your partisan actions, you may have broken the law.”
Mr Trump rallied in Colorado and New Mexico yesterday, traditionally Democratic states. He then heads to Michigan today and Wisconsin on Tuesday – also Democratic leaning in recent presidential elections.
He now leads in the key swing state of Florida by four points, according to a New York Times Upshot/Siena poll released yesterday.
In Colorado, he raised questions about the state’s postal voting system. “The one thing I worry about is the ballots,” he said.
Mr Trump has repeatedly raised doubts about the integrity of the US election despite the fact that experts say fraud is extremely rare.
He described a fictional scene on Saturday in which ballot-counters only log the votes they like.
Nevertheless, he sounded confident: “Are we doing as well in Colorado as I’m hearing? I’m hearing like unbelievable things.”
source: Telegraph uk