Clinton campaign can’t release emails because it doesn’t have them

As Hillary Clinton’s campaign pushes for the release of more information about a newfound trove of emails, its leaders faced the question of why they don’t release the emails themselves.

FBI Director James Comey Friday announced that the bureau had learned of a new cache of emails that might be relevant to its investigation, closed over the summer, of whether a crime was committed by Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. The new emails surfaced in an unrelated investigation of former Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., the estranged husband of Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

“Why didn’t she just turn to Huma and say, ‘Put those emails out’?” said Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Trump’s running mate, on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday.

Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon and other representatives said that’s not possible.

“Only Comey possesses the laptop and knows its contents,” he posted on Twitter. “Not possible for campaign to ‘get out ahead’ of story and release emails ourselves.”

Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said that’s the FBI’s job.

“Director Comey hasn’t said whose emails these are,” Mook also said on “Meet the Press.” “And so for us to take any action before he’s clarified or before anybody’s reached out to Huma Abedin from the Justice Department, that would be totally premature.”

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