Comey: Latest emails don’t change conclusion that Clinton shouldn’t face charges

MANCHESTER, NH - FEBRUARY 7:  Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) and aide Huma Abedin prepare to order food at a Dunkin Donuts during on February 7, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. With less than one week to go before the New Hampshire primaries, Hillary Clinton continues to campaign throughout the state.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, NH - FEBRUARY 7: Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) and aide Huma Abedin prepare to order food at a Dunkin Donuts during on February 7, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. With less than one week to go before the New Hampshire primaries, Hillary Clinton continues to campaign throughout the state. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers Sunday the agency hasn’t changed its opinion that Hillary Clinton should not face criminal charges after a review of new emails.

Comey had dropped a bombshell 11 days from the election when he informed Congress that the FBI had discovered emails in its separate investigation of Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, that could be connected to its investigation of whether Clinton mishandled classified information by using a private email server.

The news could help Clinton put to rest a controversy that has dogged her in the 2016 race’s closing days, helping Donald Trump narrow a polling gap nationally and in key battleground states.

“Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July,” Comey said in the letter to top Republicans on the House Oversight Committee.

Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon said her campaign is validated in its belief that nothing would change.

“We were always confident nothing would cause the July decision to be revisited. Now Director Comey has confirmed it,” tweeted Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon.