Washington: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has said "justice would finally be served" with FBI deciding to re-open its probe into the use of personal e-mail hosted on a private server by former US Secretary of State and his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
"As you might have heard earlier today, the FBI after discovering new e-mails is reopening their investigation into Hillary Clinton," Trump told his supporters yesterday in the Lisbon city of Maine State in North East of the US.
"I have great respect for the FBI for righting this wrong," said Trump, who had been very critical of the agency's decision three months ago to close the investigation against Clinton and recommending to the Department of Justice to not file a case against the former Secretary of State.
"The American people fully understand her corruption and we hope all, all justice will finally be served," Trump said amidst a big applause from the audience.
"This is the biggest political scandal since Watergate and I'm sure that it will be properly handled from this point forward," he said.
The news that the FBI has re-opened its case broke when Trump was on his plane to Manchester in New Hampshire. Immediately after landing and taking the podium he described this as a "big day" and "big news" for his campaign.
"So that is a big announcement that I heard 10 minutes ago and I guess obviously most of you folks have heard about, and in all fairness for all of the people that have suffered for doing so much less, including just recently four-star General James Cartwright, General Petraeus, and many others. Perhaps finally justice will be done," Trump said.
Referring to the FBI's decision, he said the system might be as rigged as he had been alleging for the past several months.
"What I've just announced previously it might not be as rigged as I thought. Right? Right?" he asked his cheering audience. "The FBI, I think they're going to right the ship. I think they're going to right the ship. And they're going to save their reputation by doing so," said the Republican White House candidate.
Trump alleged that Clinton's corruption is on a scale that has never been seen before. "We must not let her take her criminal scheme into the Oval Office. I have great respect for the fact that the FBI and the Department of Justice are now willing to have the courage to right the horrible mistake that they made," he said in Manchester.
"This was a grave miscarriage of justice that the American people fully understood. And it is everybody's hope that it is about to be corrected," he said.
The billionaire from New York alleged that the e-mail scandal is bigger than Watergate. "This is bigger than Watergate in my opinion. This is bigger than Watergate," he asserted.
"Hillary bleached and deleted 33,000 e-mails after receiving a congressional subpoena" from the US Congress, he claimed.
"She lied to the Congress, she lied to the FBI, she made 13 phones disappear, some with a hammer. The Clinton crew gave more than USD 675,000 to the wife of the deputy director of the FBI and the man who was overseeing the investigation into Hillary's illegal server, but maybe that takes care of itself," he said.
"Right now that takes care of itself, I think, I think. Very proud that the FBI was willing to do this actually, really, very proud," Trump said amidst another round of applause.
"Just yesterday we learned that Bill Clinton's right-hand man pushed for Clinton's foundation donors and other large corporations to funnel as much as USD 66 million in personal profit to Bill and Hillary Clinton," he claimed.
"This man explained that the cozy relationship between his consulting firm to foundation and Clinton's personal income had helped Bill and Hillary enrich themselves, and obtain in-kind services, including personal travel, hospitality, vacations, and the like.
"The same people paying Bill Clinton for speeches were lobbying Hillary Clinton at the same," he alleged.
"These people are seriously corrupt. Hillary's pay for play included defence contracts. Take Raytheon, when the contractor wanted big foreign arms deals, they hired three lobbyists that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Hillary's last campaign, and are raising money for her current campaign," Trump alleged.