Wisconsin politicians address new FBI inquiry surrounding Clinton

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Latest on Wisconsin Democrats’ reaction to word that the FBI will investigate whether there was classified information on a device belonging to the estranged husband of one of her closet aides (all times local):

6 p.m.

Democrat Russ Feingold says he still supports Hillary Clinton even though the FBI is looking into whether there was classified information on a device belonging to the estranged husband of one of her closest aides.

Feingold made the remarks to reporters during a visit to one of his campaign offices in Madison on Friday. Hours earlier the FBI announced it was looking into whether emails uncovered during a sexting investigation of former congressman Anthony Weiner contain classified information. Weiner is the estranged husband of longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

Feingold said FBI Director James Comey is a professional and the matter needs to be thoroughly reviewed to the end. He said he still supports Clinton as the only candidate qualified to be president.

Feingold is trying to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson. His office issued a statement Friday praising the FBI’s decision to open a probe.

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3:45 p.m.

Republican congressional hopeful Mike Gallagher says he can’t believe his opponent is still standing behind Hillary Clinton after the FBI announced a new probe into emails that might be related to Clinton’s server use.

Gallagher and Democrat Tom Nelson are battling for an open seat in northeastern Wisconsin’s 8th Congressional District. Nelson has been blasting Gallagher for weeks for standing by Donald Trump. On Friday Nelson issued a statement saying he’s always been worried about Clinton’s emails but Trump is too dangerous to be president.

Gallagher fired back with a statement saying the FBI’s announcement adds to an already exhaustive list of serious concerns surrounding Clinton and that she’s unfit to be president. He says he’s stunned Nelson still supports her in the face of “all the lies and corruption that surround her.”

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3:30 p.m.

Democrat Russ Feingold says the FBI should be given time to gather the facts in a new probe into emails that may be related to Hillary Clinton’s server use.

The FBI announced Friday that it would investigate whether newly discovered emails that appear to be related to the agency’s probe of Hillary Clinton’s email practices contain classified information.

Feingold campaign spokesman Michael Tyler said in an email to The Associated Press that that it’s important to give the FBI time to conduct its probe. Tyler also says that Clinton has acknowledged she made a mistake with her email use and would’ve done things differently.

Feingold is trying to unseat Republican U.S. Ron Johnson in Wisconsin’s highest-profile race this election cycle.

Johnson’s office issued this statement praising the FBI’s decision to open an investigation: “Today’s announcement by FBI Director Comey is an important step toward accountability and transparency on Secretary Clinton’s private email system. With the FBI already determining that Secretary Clinton sent and received classified information through her private email system, it is important for the FBI to fully examine these additional materials. I hope that the FBI will be transparent with Congress and the American people as it continues to examine Secretary Clinton’s extremely careless behavior.”

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2:45 p.m.

Democratic congressional candidate Tom Nelson says he’s always been worried about Hillary Clinton’s emails but Donald Trump shouldn’t be president.

The FBI announced Friday that it would investigate whether newly discovered emails that appear to be related to the agency’s probe of Hillary Clinton’s email practices contain classified information.

Nelson campaign spokesman Ethan Susseles said in an email that the campaign is still learning what the announcement means but Nelson has always had “serious concerns” about how Clinton handled her emails. However, Susseles said, Nelson believes Trump is dangerous and shouldn’t be president.

Nelson is running against Republican Mike Gallagher for northeastern Wisconsin’s open 8th Congressional seat. Their race is one of the most competitive in the state.

Democrat Russ Feingold’s campaign had no immediate comment. Feingold is trying to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson.

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2:28 p.m.

Democrats Tom Nelson and Russ Feingold aren’t saying anything yet about the FBI’s announcement that it will investigate whether newly discovered emails that appear to be related to the agency’s probe of Hillary Clinton’s email practices.

Nelson is running against Republican Mike Gallagher for northeastern Wisconsin’s open 8th Congressional seat. Feingold is trying to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson. Their races are two of the most competitive contests for congressional seats in Wisconsin this election cycle.

Nelson’s campaign didn’t immediately respond to an email Friday afternoon seeking comment on the new investigation. Feingold’s campaign had no immediate comment.

Gallagher’s campaign didn’t immediately respond to an email. Johnson issued a statement praising the FBI’s decision.

Republican Donald Trump’s Wisconsin campaign director Pete Meachum said voters deserve to know if state Democrats will stand by Clinton.