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weiner, the estranged husband of clinton's closest aide, huma abedin. new details this hour. not so rigged. donald trump says maybe the fbi's investigation of clinton isn't as crooked as he thought. his campaign is practically giddy right now with clinton's e-mail scandal back in the spotlight. will this new twist distract from trump's many controversies? mid-air miss. a russian warplane flies close to a u.s. jet. tonight, the risk of an actual collision that could raise global tensions even higher. panic on the runway. an american airlines jet aborts takeoff in an emergency that sends smoke shooting from the plane and terrifies passengers. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room."
>> breaking news tonight. hillary clinton's campaign hit with an october surprise by the fbi. only 11 days before the election. the bureau alerting congress that it's reviewing newly found e-mails related to clinton's personal server, adding to the drama sources say the e-mails were uncovered in the sexting investigation of anthony weiner, the estranged husband of clinton aide and confidant huma abedin. tonight, we're learning that the e-mails were sent or received by abedin. right now, we're standing by to hear from hillary clinton and from donald trump. they're both campaigning in iowa. tonight, trump is pouncing on this story, saying that justice may finally be served in the e-mail scandal. so far, clinton hasn't talked about this on the campaign trail. her allies say there's no reason to believe that these new e-mails will change the fbi's original decision not to seek charges against clinton. also this hour, we're awaiting remarks by president obama. he's making the case for hillary clinton in florida tonight, just
hours after this new curveball in the most unpredictable presidential race in memory. our correspondents, analysts and guests are all standing by as we bring you full coverage of this breaking story. up first, let's go to our justice correspondent pamela brown with the latest on the breaking story. pamela? >> reporter: a surprising development tonight. these e-mails were found in a device being examined as part of the anthony weiner sexting investigation involving a 15-year-old girl. now the hillary clinton private server case that had been deemed a done deal is being given a renewed look by the fbi less than two weeks until the election. tonight, james comey delivering the stunning news in this letter to congress. the fbi has discovered new e-mails related to the hillary clinton private e-mail server investigation, and is now taking a second look at that investigation. the e-mails that prompted the new probe are on a device being examined as part of the anthony weiner sexting investigation
according to law enforcement sources. weiner was recently separated from top hillary clinton aide huma abedin. she avoided the subject at the rally, too. >> what a beautiful day in cedar rapids. >> reporter: in the letter sent to the senate judiciary committee, comey writes "in connection with an unrelated case, the fbi has learned of the existence of e-mails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation. the fbi should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these e-mails to determine whether they contained classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation." the e-mails are not from hillary clinton, but from someone else, according to a law enforcement official. this comes just three months after comey told congress the investigation was complete. >> did hillary clinton break the law? >> in connection with her use of the e-mail server, my judgment is she did not. >> reporter: sources say the
e-mails did not surface from the fbi investigation released by wikileaks or the clinton foundation. >> i need to open with a very critical breaking news announcement. >> reporter: republicans immediately pounced. donald trump celebrating the news in front of a cheering crowd in new hampshire. and speaker paul ryan tweeting yet again, hillary clinton has nobody but herself but to blame. he was entrusted with some of our nation's most important secrets, and she betrayed that trust by mishandling highly classified information. i renew my call for the director of national intelligence to suspend all classified briefings for secretary clinton until this matter is fully resolved. comey's announcement potentially reversing course from the fbi's previous decision. >> although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a
case. >> reporter: now the question is, could that change? and director comey says he doesn't know when this review of the new emails will wrap up, but likely after the election. our law enforcement sources say these new e-mails were sent or received by huma abedin, one of hillary clinton's top aides. it's unclear if any of the e-mailing contained classified information. but wolf, we're told there are thousands of e-mails officials now have to go through. >> pamela, thank you very much. pamela brown reporting. hillary clinton in the key battleground state of iowa tonight, as her campaign scrambles to deal with this new e-mail controversy. jeff zeleny is joining us from des moines right now. what are you hearing from the clinton campaign? >> reporter: wolf, secretary clinton is speaking behind me right now to this crowd here in des moines. she's not yet addressed this herself. but her campaign is pushing back and raising questions about the fbi. campaign chairman john podesta issued a sharply worded statement a short time ago.
let's take a look at that statement. he said director comey's letter refers to the e-mails that have come to light in unrelated case. but we have no idea what those e-mails are. podesta says, the director notes they may not even be significant. it's extraordinary we would just see something like this 11 days out from a presidential election. podesta says the director owes it to the american people to immediately provide the full details of what he is now examining. we are confident that this will not produce any conclusions different from the one that the fbi reached in july. of course, wolf, that is the hope of the campaign right now. but the immediate hope of the campaign is just to simply get beyond this. we are listening to secretary clinton speak here. she is in the key state of iowa, a state where donald trump is coming to tonight. it is one of those battleground states that is deadlocked. and this could have an impact, not on democratic voters, but on the independent voters in the middle who may have had some questions about the clinton
campaign from the beginning here and it could impact it, wolf. >> how do they plan to handle this over the next several days, jeff? >> reporter: first and foremost, they want to see if the fbi actually clarifies or streamlines their statement and says what they're looking at. they are also calling on democrats to push back against this. senator feinstein is raising questions of this letter from the fbi director. they're not worried about democrats abandoning her, but they are concerned about the voters in the middle who may have been either on board with her or just about to come on board with her, suddenly not sure about this. and the senate is another question. this gives republicans running for senate races one more reason to say elect me to be a check on hillary clinton. wolf? >> thank you very much. jeff zeleny reporting from des moines. in the last hour, i spoke with brian fallon, a former justice department spokesman. joining us is republican congressman ted yoho. i know you're a donald trump
supporter. thanks for joining us. >> sure, wolf. great to be here. >> in the last hour i interviewed hillary clinton's mess secretary brian fallon. he said the fbi's director james comey, the letter he presented to congress today could be because of political pressure on behalf of congressional republicans. let me play this clip. listen to this. >> sure. >> there were no e-mail messages that were properly marked as classified. none that had headers at the top. the director affirmed that, and that's why he said it wasn't even a close call when they made the decision not to go forward with any case back in july. of course, republicans didn't like that outcome. they've been second guessing it ever since, making unsubstantiated allegations about conspiracy theorys at the fbi and subjected the fbi to a great deal of political pressure. so it would be unfortunate if the sending of this letter today was at all something that happened as a result of that
extensive political pressure that's been applied not by just donald trump but by congressional republicans. >> so what's your reaction to that? he's saying this is unsubstantiated, largely the result of political pressure by the republicans on the fbi director. do you think that's true? >> absolutely not. they're grasping. director comey is the one that says, we need to take a second look at this. and i think it's very disconcerting when barbara boxer says we need to put pressure on the fbi so they don't go further in this. she's saying to the american people and to an agency, the chief law enforcement agency of this country, she's putting political pressure on there for a political agenda to stop an investigation that the director of the fbi decided on his own to go forward with because of the revelation and the new release of these e-mails. the best way to get around this is make sure hillary clinton is not elected to president. >> let me play another comment
that brian fallon made to me in just the last hour. listen to this -- actually, let me read it for you. we don't have the found. at this point, he needs to release additional information if you have to do it with redak shuns. should the fbi director release more information to the american public, so american voters have a better appreciation how significant or insignificant this new development is before election day? >> i don't think the director of the fbi should do what either camp wants but do what is required by the rule of law and the right thing to do. that is to release all the information that they have. and they were talking about before that there wasn't any classified information in there. but we know before they had redacted or taken the heading off of that. i think we should release the information. let the people in charge of
doing the investigation do their due diligence, do the investigation, so that the american people, those people in charge can make a decision on whether or not this person was guilty of what they were doing or if they mishandled classified documents. this goes back to a repeat of history with the clinton campaign or the clinton administration. when you look at sandy berger that took classified documents and was hiding them in his pants and socks, we don't need any more of this. the american people are tired of this. when you came into this section, you were talking about the close fly by of a mir tear jet with ours. let's elect a leader to the white house. >> donald trump says the system is totally rigged. he said that when the fbi director originally recommended no charges against hillary clinton. today, he said the system might not be as rigged as he
originally thought. so here's the question, is the system only rigged when it's not in your candidate's favor? >> i think both sides do that, and i think that's political posturing. i think when the director of the fbi, when mr. comey came out and he said no reasonable prosecutor would pick this case up, i think he overstepped his boundaries. that's not a decision for the fbi. they should give the facts -- >> congressman, you know -- >> to the attorney general and let them figure it out. >> you know that both sides don't say the system is rigged, only donald trump and his campaign say the system is rigged. hillary clinton doesn't say the system is rigged. >> when you were talking about -- i think it was senator feinstein, you were say thing is something that we have to put pressure on the fbi so they don't go through with this. that can be looked at they're trying to rig it on the other side. i don't like to get into the conspiracies and rigging. i know mr. trump says it a lot and we've heard that. i see that as political
posturing, but i don't think there's a lot of weight into that, other than, you know, it's just campaign rhetoric. >> with all due respect to diane feinstein, she's a senator, not running for president of the united states. here's a question, let me just throw this out to you. has donald trump already eroded voter trust in our election system because of what he's been suggesting, accusing various people of doing over these past several weeks? >> no, i don't think so, because we hear this every year about this time going into election. there's voter fraud, there's dead people voting, people registered as mickey mouse. i think he's brought it to the surface more. we're going into one of the most critical elections in my lifetime, and i heard you saying that this was one of the most contentious and bizarre elections. i think you're spot on, on that. we have to work through that process and go through that and let the sim work. i have tremendous faith in the
we're back live with congressman ted yoho. the fbi now reviewing newly found e-mails related to the hillary clinton case. sources say the e-mails were discovered during a sexting investigation of anthony weiner, the estranged husband of clinton aide huma abedin. we're getting new information how donald trump is trying to capitalize on today's development. trump spoke earlier in maine. what's the latest? >> reporter: donald trump making it very clear that he's going to
be relentless going after hillary clinton over all this. he took the stage here tonight, only spoke for two sentences before he brought up the news to the crowd, the second time he addressed this news today. this news is seen as very welcome been the trump campaign. >> i need to open with a very critical, breaking news announcement. >> reporter: donald trump quickly seizing on the fbi's announcement that the bureau is investigating additional e-mails related to hillary clinton's personal e-mail server. >> hillary clinton's corruption is on a scale we have never seen before. we must not let her take her criminal scheme into the oval office. >> reporter: the fbi's move leading trump to change his view on whether the system is rigged. >> it might not be as rigged as i thought, right? right?
the fbi -- i think they're going to right the ship, folks. >> reporter: this as the gop nominee is looking to inject some fuel into his campaign coffers for the final stretch of the campaign, wiring $10 million of his own money today to his presidential effort. >> i'm spending money like crazy. i'll probably have over -- maybe close to or over $100 million of my money spent on the campaign. but there's something nice about that. unless i lose, in which case i say what was that about? >> reporter: it comes after the latest reports revealed trump had been slowing contributions. putting in less than $31,000 for
the first three weeks of the month after investing $2 million in previous months. the influx of cash would bring his total contributions to $66 million, but leaves him far short of the $100 million he's promised to spend. trump selling cnn's dana bash this -- >> i will have over $100 million in the campaign and i'm prepared to go much more than that. >> reporter: he's now promising to triple match his contributions from supporters, not including a $2 million cap on that match that he had in previous fund-raising drives. >> we should just cancel the election and just gave it to trump, right? >> reporter: despite moves to turn his campaign around, his schedule speaks volumes about his very narrow path to the white house. >> i don't have the courage to skip the speech in new hampshire. believe me. >> reporter: trump hitting new hampshire, maine, and iowa, all key to the campaign's daunting attempt to piece together a path
to 270 electoral votes. and underscoring how narrow the trump campaign really understands their path to 270 really is -- trump appearing just moments ago here in a democratic leaning state of maine. this is only one of two states that divy up their electoral votes by district. so trump coming here to lisbon, maine, on the hunt for just one electoral vote. >> thank you. we're back with congressman ted yoho, a donald trump supporter. congressman, trump said this latest development, in his words, this is bigger than watergate. isn't that an exaggeration? >> you know, i don't think it is. we're talking watergate of 17 minutes of missed tapes, and stealing some information that richard nixon, when he was approached by members of his own party, knew he was defeated and
he stepped down. he did what was best for our nation. i would hope anybody in a leadership role would do the same thing. mrs. clinton is ultimately the only one who knows what happened, what was said, what she did. and if she knows she was complicit or she knows she did these things, she should do the same things. if we look at really what's going on here, i think bigger issues are like the affordable care about. you have states around the union -- >> let me interrupt for a moment, congressman. you remember watergate. watergate, you had the campaign, republican campaign of richard nixon breaking into the democratic national convention headquarters and lying about that, and you had a president of the united states who was forced from office, had to resign. he was clearly going to be impeached. you think that what's going on now with hillary clinton's e-mails is bigger than that? >> if she's lying about it, wolf, if she has --
>> comey says that she did not lie to the fbi. he also said that no prosecutor, based on all the evidence he had collected, would have gone forward with recommending charges against her. that was the conclusion that the fbi director james comey, former assistant attorney general, former u.s. attorney, that was his conclusion. >> sure, but then he went on and says she wasn't sworn in. there was no tape recording or -- >> you can't lie to the fbi. if you lie to the fbi, that's a felony. >> i agree. >> and he said she did not lie to the fbi. >> but he wasn't there present, and he -- >> there were fbi agents -- it doesn't matter if you're under oath or not under oath. you can't lie to the fbi. that is a crime. >> i agree. i agree. so that should be investigated, and i think we should go further than this, and if it does prove out true that she did --
>> congressman, we're ut of time. quickly, if the fbi agents who did interview hillary clinton say she did not lie to the fbi during that questioning, shouldn't we believe them? >> my question to you is, why are we reinvestigating it then? >> because there's new developments now that have come forward, so there's a new review. based on all the evidence they had at the time when he made his conclusion in july, he said there were no charges that he would recommend to the attorney general. that was his recommendation. >> i'll stand by my earlier statement. >> what's your earlier statement? >> they didn't swear her in, he wasn't present and they have no recordings. so whatever was said, we don't have a record. it's all circumstantial evidence. >> all right. we'll leave it on that note. congressman, thank you very much for joining us. >> you betcha. just ahead, more on the breaking news. what kind of political fallout will hillary clinton face with her e-mail controversy under fbi
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that appear to be related to hillary clinton's case. in a surprising twist, the e-mails were found during the sexting investigation of former congressman anthony weiner, the estranged husband of clinton aide huma abedin. let's bring in evan perez. evan, you've been working your source. what new information are you learning? >> reporter: we're talking about thousands of e-mails found on at least one device that the fbi is examining as part of this sexting investigation of anthony weiner. he's the estranged husband of huma abedin. so how did the fbi just now discover these? we're told that these e-mails weren't among the tens of thousands that the fbi examined as part of the investigation, and we know from huma abedin's testimony to the fbi that often she had problems printing e-mails in her office at the state department, so she routinely forwarded them to private e-mail accounts. so that could be the explanation, including an
account she used when she was trying to help weiner run for an election. the fbi director jim comey left a lot of questions for us here in the three paragraph letter that he sent to members of congress today. he said the fbi is now reviewing the e-mails to "whether they contain classified information as well as to assess their importance to our investigation." he also said that the fbi cannot yet assess whether or not this material may be significant. but this is exactly what comey was trying to avoid when he wrapped up this investigation back in july, wolf. he announced he was recommending no charges be brought against clinton or anyone else. but here we are 11 days before the election, over 10 million people have voted, and this investigation into clinton's e-mail server will still be going on, on election day. >> very, very significant moment right now. evan, thank you very much. evan perez reporting. let's talk a little bit about this with our political and legal analysts, starting with gloria borger.
how damaging could this be? >> well, politically, i think very damaging for hillary clinton, particularly at this late stage in the election for undecided voters who may be leaning republican but not so sure. but let's take a step back and try and understand what just happened here today. the fbi director set the house on fire and then walked out the front door without saying much of anything. and what he left in his trail were a lot of unanswered questions. if he had said in his original document, for example, that these e-mails came from huma abedin and did not come from hillary clinton, i wonder whether the explosion would have been as loud as it is right now. so what we're getting through evan and through pam are leaks saying yes, these weren't hillary clinton's e-mails, these were huma abedin's e-mails, clarifying a little bit. but i think what this begs is
some kind of official notice from the fbi director about just what they know and what they don't know, because the rest is kind of just mush right now, and it's very damaging, and unsettling 10 or 1 days before the election. >> he did say in his letter, he says in connection with an unrelated case, that would be the anthony weiner case, the fbi has learned of the existence of e-mails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation. that would be the hillary clinton investigation. he's saying there's something pertinent to the hillary clinton investigation. that's why he now wants to review it. >> and we don't know. and it's not clear whether the principal target would be hillary clinton or huma abedin. that's very unclear from the better. but this is a presidential race. it's been extraordinary and the limited ability of either
candidate to generate a lot of positive momentum. each of them have done best when the vulnerabilities of the other is in the foreground. it's been a very clear pattern. strategists acknowledge when each one of them is in the headlines, the other one benefits. i think we're going see that cycle again. this is going to take a bite out of hillary clinton. the northstar of the race has been, 60% says donald trump is not qualified. this may not overcome that. but hillary clinton announced she's going to arizona. that's where you have republican leaning voters who might have voted for her, that this is now going to give some hesitation to. >> jeffrey toobin, from a legal perspective, do we know enough at this point to even assume any of this new review could lead to criminal charges? >> oh, certainly not. we -- the only thing i think we can reasonably conclude is that this will not be settled before election day. this is an investigation about classified information. the fbi has to go to the
relevant agencies, the state department, the cia, and show them material and say, is this classified? here, according to evan's reporting, we have thousands of e-mails. it is going to take well more than a week to determine if any of these e-mails are, in fact, classified. there is apparently enough suggestive material in the e-mails to merit an investigation. it says it's -- according to comey's letter, it's pertaining to the investigation. but it doesn't say -- the letter doesn't say that the material is in fact classified. it doesn't say who wrote it. based on how the fbi generally operates, i don't think we're going to hear anything more from comey, not with standing the request from the clinton and trump campaign. >> the timing of this, 11 days before an election, why now? >> james comey found out about these thousands of e-mails yesterday and felt like because
he had already given sworn testimony about the hillary clinton private e-mail server investigation to the judicial committee, that it was incumbent upon him to provide this letter saying we found some more e-mails. but as gloria points out, he didn't include some pertinent information that would have answered a lot of important questions, such as who are these e-mails from? we're now learning that there are sources saying it was from huma abedin, of course, a top aide to hillary clinton. so i think what's interesting here, clearly he was in a no-win situation. 11 days before the election, he was thinking if i don't provide this information, i could be seen as withholding important information as an election. i think it's fair to question why he didn't provide more information in this letter. but all along, james comey has inserted himself in a way that we have not seen from past fbi directors. he's been coming out publicly saying he doesn't recommend charges but saying she was reckless.
>> maybe the original sin was back in july when comey, and i shouldn't call it a sin, but when he gave the press conference and said, okay, i'm not going to prosecute. but she was extremely reckless. what you're saying is you don't get the kind of editorial editions that comey put in. we understand the no-win situation he's in now, because if this came out after the election, he would be accused of covering up for hillary clinton. but that's why i would argue -- >> jeffrey, just remind our viewers why the fbi is even investigating anthony weiner and his sexting? >> well, just this -- over the course of this summer, very recently, long after anthony weiner was forced out of congress, additional reports came out that he was sexting -- you know, exchanging sexually suggestive texts and e-mails with a 15-year-old.
that's potentially a crime. >> that's a federal crime? >> that's a federal crime. and those crimes are investigated very zealously by u.s. attorney's offices. any sort of sexual misbehavior involving children. an investigation was opened by the southern district of new york here in manhattan. in the course of that investigation, apparently they obtained his e-mails and his texts. some of those appear to have been intermixed with e-mails and texts from his wife, huma abedin, who is, of course, a very close aide to hillary clinton. what those e-mails say, whether they were, in fact, classified, whether nip did anything improper, we don't know. all we know is the investigation is ongoing. >> stand by, we have more on the breaking news on this clinton e-mail case and the potential impact on the election. we'll take a quick break. we'll be right back.
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trump has accused hillary clinton and her staff of deliberately destroying emails that were under subpoena from the u.s. congress. walk us through a reality check right now, is that statement true or false? >> that's right. so before today's developments, this idea that clinton deliberately deleted subpoenaed e-mails was the key point trump argued that clinton should face prosecution. but congress requested the state department turn over clinton e-mails in the course of the benghazi investigation. that was a request, not a subpoena. staff then combed through her e-mails, turning over e-mails deemed work related and deleting those deemed personal. after that, a subpoena was issued for e-mails relating to the benghazi attack. the fbi was able to recover a substantial amount of them. so on trump's claim that clinton or her staffers destroyed
subpoenaed e-mails, the fact check team finds that false. >> if hillary clinton didn't send any of those e-mails to huma abedin, which are now under investigation, her close aide, why did comey, the fbi director, feel a need right now to go forward and make this statement? >> well, that's a very good question, which i think comey needs to answer. we don't know if -- if huma abedin sent these e-mails, we don't know who they were to, we don't know whether it was her work product that maybe she took from work and brought home and she shouldn't have done that. we don't know, wolf. and i think what he was trying to do, and pam, you would know this better than i, is err on the side of caution. that he had testified to congress one thing, and now there was the possibility that he was wrong, that he might have
to continue his investigation and it was indeed not closed. he said in his letter, we cannot yet assess whether or not this material may be significant. what we don't know is what he knows, we don't even know the -- >> but jeffrey, you used to be an assistant u.s. attorney. can we assume that there were hillary clinton related e-mails that they are now reviewing right now? otherwise, he would not have issued this statement? >> you say hillary clinton related e-mails -- >> e-mails sent from hillary clinton to huma abedin. >> i clerked for a judge who was famous for saying never assume a g.d. thing. yes, it seems likely that this investigation relates to e-mails that she -- that hillary clinton and huma abedin exchanged. it is hard to imagine anything else it could be, if huma abedin
is involved. but whether any of those e-mails are classified, whether any of those should have been turned over earlier, whether -- that is, i think, something we should definitely not assume. and in is why the investigation is ongoing, is to determine whether any of those things are true. >> on the heels of what jeffrey said, this raises the question why weren't these e-mails discovered during the year-long investigation that the fbi did. and we know that huma abedin during her interview said she would forward e-mails from her state department account to her personal account because she had issues printing stuff at the state department. so why wouldn't the fbi say are there any other devices we should look at? [ overlapping speakers ] >> if i could just add to what pam is saying. every time we have heard or many times we have heard that there are new e-mails in this investigation. it's turned out that they've been duplicates of things
already turned over. i'm sure these fbi agents don't have committed to memory all the e-mails they have seen. >> the thing we know, wolf, we're talking about e-mails 11 days before the election. >> which is dad news for hillary clinton. >> people that have doubts about her, this has to be a weight on the scale for many of them. >> this is bad news for her just talking about this. more breaking news coming up in "the situation room," a plane on fire in one of the country's busiest airports. new video and new information about injuries. let me talk to you about retirement. a 401(k) is the most sound way to go. let's talk asset allocation. -sure. you seem knowledgeable, professional. would you trust me as your financial advisor?
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. an airliner fire at chicago's o'hare. this was a scene inside the plane shot by one of the passengers. rene marsh is working the story. some dramatic images of this emergency. >> reporter: dramatic indeed. at o'hare as an american airlines flight broke out in flames. we saw intense smoke and flames on the right side of the plane. i want you to take a look at this dramatic moment inside of
inside of the tower as all of this was happening. >> 383 stopping on the run way. you do see any smoke or fire sf. >> fire on the right wing. >> send outlet the truck. >> we're evacuating. >> well the airline blames this all on an engine-related issue. the faa says it was a blown tire. it is way early in this investigation. it could be both. it could be that this blown tire may have triggered that engine fire because of debris striking a gas line. but at this hour we're also learning about a separate incident involving another aircraft also on fire. this happening at fort lauderdale international airport. the airport was closed this afternoon as a result of a fire on a fedex cargo plane. the landing gear apparently collapsed on landing. a fiery situation. all according to the faa.
>> very scary indeed. thank you renee. also tonight we're learning about an isis blood bath. united nations says more than 200 people have been executed by terrorists as coalition forces advance on mosul. and tens of,0 thousands of men, women and children are now be being used as human shields. barbara starr, u.s. and russian jet, they apparently had a very dangerous close call. >> indeed. talk about what a new commander in chief a new president may have to deal with, tonight startling revelations about how close the u.s. afrs came to disaster with the uses.ir forceo disaster with the uses. a u.s. and russian aircraft flew dangerously close to each other in a previously undisclosed incident. the closest call yet in this conflict. the head of u.s. air forces in the region called it a near miss
collision in the middle of the night. but mixed messages from the u.s. military. >> i don't think that it was perceived to be a danger. >> the u.s. believes it wasn't a deliberate provocation by moscow. but even if it is just bad navigation. >> the risk of a zaster is certainly a very high one in a combat environment like this. >> both planes were flying on october 17th at hundreds of miles an hour. the russian fighter crossed less than half a mile in front of a u.s. surveillance aircraft. the two sides spoke about the incident. the u.s. says the russian pilot didn't even know the u.s. plane was there. the u.s. and russia previously agreed they would keep a distance of three miles between aircraft. and an altitude separation of 3,000 feet. that bubble is now violated about every ten days by the russians according to u.s. military officials.
>> because tensions are so high, even an accident a true accident could very well spin out of control. >> a wreck, new concerns that around mosul, isis is taking civilians and using them as human shields. >> what is happening is as they fall back into the city apparently they are taking some of the local residents as human shields. so this is something that we try to stop. when we can. or put a top to it. >> the u.s. recently struck 50 vehicles outside mosul that isis was going to use to move captive civilians. another mixed message from the military today. the pentagon said the iraqi fight verse taken a brief pause on their march to mosul. the iraqi government came back very quickly and said that wasn't true. >> thanks very much. we're standing by momentarily, looking at live pictures. we expect hillary clinton to go to that microphone there, make a
statement on the fbi director's decision to go forward and launch a new review of her e-mail server and e-mails. stay with us for that late breaking development. earnhardt "outfront" starts right now. this is cnn breaking news. good evening, i'm erin burnett, "outfront" tonight breaking news. october bomb shell. the fbi reviewing new e-mails tonight related to hillary clinton's private e-mail server. you see in des moines hillary clinton going to be making a statement any moment. the first time today. breaking her silence on this fbi announcement. so we are going to be seeing that any moment. here is what we know right now. a law enforcement official telling cnn the e-mails were sent or received by