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The Brief: Castro brothers, in Austin, weigh in on FBI probe into Clinton

The brothers addressed the FBI's newest probe into Clinton, just 11 days before the general election.

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The Big Story

On Friday, the FBI announced it would be reviewing emails potentially related to Hillary Clinton after federal officials found a new batch they believe connect to its previous investigation into the Democratic presidential nominee. However, two high-profile Texas Democrats criticized the timing of the investigation:

•  On Saturday, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, questioned the timing of FBI director James Comey’s letter to Congress, saying it "would be something strange even 11 days before a city council election, much less a U.S. presidential election." He also said Comey should "explain exactly what these new emails are and who they're to and who they're from and the subject matter."

•  Castro was joined by his brother, U.S. Housing Secretary Julián Castro, who told the Tribune that he doubts the new investigation will incriminate Clinton. "All signs point to that this is much ado about nothing, that it's not going to turn over anything new. Already the very tentative nature of the whole affair shows that there's not much to it. I'm confident that the American people can see through that or see it for what it is and judge the candidates on the merits,” Julían Castro said.

•  On Sunday night, ABC news reported that the FBI obtained a warrant to review emails on a laptop used by Clinton’s aid, Huma Abedin, and her estranged husband, Anthony Weiner. Earlier this year, however, Clinton was cleared by the FBI of any criminal wrongdoing in her use of a private email server when she was U.S. secretary of state.

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