Hillary Clinton’s campaign sent cease-and-desist letters to broadcasters advising that they shouldn’t air ads from pro-Donald Trump PACs that include the claim that Clinton is “under investigation by the FBI.” The letters were dated Sunday, the same day the FBI announced that it was sticking by its conclusion that no charges were recommended against Clinton following completion of a review of recently discovered emails belonging to Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
“These ads falsely claim Secretary Clinton is under investigation by the FBI,” said the letter from Marc Elias, general counsel for the Clinton campaign. A copy of the letter was read to CNN by a recipient. The letter lists some pro-Trump PACs, including Rebuilding America Now and Future 45, and the titles of ads they are funding. Elias’ letter says that “at no point” did the FBI “reopen” the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.
That’s a view Clinton campaign officials and their surrogates have repeatedly made since FBI Director James Comey sent an October 28 letter to Congress saying that the FBI was investigating a cache of thousands of emails found as part of an unrelated investigation. That unrelated investigation is focused on Abedin’s husband, former Congressman Anthony Weiner. “Therefore the claim in these ads is provably false,” Elias wrote.