According to a multitude of reports early Friday afternoon, the FBI has announced that it will be reopening its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s potentially illegal private email server.
In a statement to the Senate judiciary committee, FBI director James Comey wrote the following:
“In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation … 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 our investigation.”
The announcement comes at the first week of early voting in many states.
If the investigation is not concluded by November 8, Clinton will be the first presidential candidate in history to finish an election under an FBI investigation.
There was significant movement in the prediction markets on the news of the FBI’s decision: the odds of Donald Trump winning the presidency had shot up from 23% to 31% on PredictIt within an hour of the announcement.