11 days before the 2016 election, the scandal involving Hillary Clinton's emails made a comeback when FBI director James Comey disclosed that the organization was reviewing a new batch of emails. Federal officials discovered the emails as part of an ongoing probe of disgraced former New York congressman Anthony Weiner, who allegedly sent sexually suggestive online messages to a 15-year-old girl.
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On Wednesday, the underage girl in the case penned a heartfelt letter slamming Comey for inadvertently dragging her into the spotlight. She said she has been bombarded with inquiries from reporters since Comey made the announcement.
"Why couldn't your letter have waited until after the election, so I would not have to be the center of attention the last week of the election cycle?" the anonymous teen wrote in an open letter, published on BuzzFeed News. "I can only assume that you saw an opportunity for political propaganda. I thought your job as FBI Director was to protect me."
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The teen said that she originally came forward with her story to protect other girls from online predators. She signed the letter as a "girl that lost her faith in America," but says that she remains hopeful.
"I may have been Weiner's victim, but the real story here is that I am a survivor," she wrote. "I am strong, intelligent, and certain that I will come out from under this nightmare, but it will not be as a result of your doing your job to protect me. I hope that by making my letter to you public, you will think about how your actions affect the victims of the crimes you are investigating. The election is important, yes, but what happened to me and how it makes me feel and how others see me, is much more important. It's time that the FBI Director puts his victims' rights above political views."
BuzzFeed News kept the identity of the underage girl a secret to protect her privacy, and she requested that all media outlets respect her privacy as well.
In the wake of the FBI's announcement, there has been some discussion among federal officials if the organization had the legal authority re-open Clinton's email probe.
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