WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s running mate Sunday seized on new revelations by the FBI director to feed voters’ doubts about the trustworthiness of Hillary Clinton, saying they are a reminder that she is a “risky choice” to be president.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and campaign manager Kellyanne Conway signaled in television interviews how the Trump campaign hopes to pull off an upset victory in next week’s election: by a relentless focus on the controversy that began with Clinton’s decision to use a private server for her emails while she was secretary of state.
FBI Director James Comey’s decision to inform Congress on Friday that new emails had been found created a reversal for the Trump campaign, which has spent months criticizing the decision not to prosecute Clinton.
“The decision by the FBI here, I think, is encouraging to millions of Americans,” Pence said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “Because, No. 1, the FBI director is keeping his word to the Congress that if new pertinent information came forward that justified the reopening of the case, that he would alert the Congress. He has done that.”
Conway said the new review will remind voters of Clinton’s email problem in the closing days of the campaign: “For voters at this stage, this plays into their whole reluctance about Hillary Clinton,” she said on ABC’s “This Week.”
Clinton’s running mate, Tim Kaine, amplified his campaign’s criticisms of Comey, saying that he violated long-standing Department of Justice protocols about steering clear of actions that could influence elections and revealing information about ongoing investigations.
Kaine, a Virginia senator and former governor who said he has known Comey since he was a federal prosecutor in the state, said Comey mystified him when he decided to send the letter, particularly in light of reports that the FBI has not yet reviewed the emails, which surfaced as part of an unrelated sexting investigation involving former Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., husband of Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
“You can’t break both these protocols and leave it hanging out there with a question mark,” Kaine said on “This Week.” “You owe people the complete information. If he hasn’t seen the emails, they need to make that completely plain.”