As news of the FBI's decision to reexamine its investigation into Hillary Clinton quickly took over the internet Friday afternoon, the White House said it was given no prior notice about agency Director James Comey's letter to Congress on the matter.
"The only notification we've received is the letter that was made public by press reports from Director Comey to Capitol Hill," deputy White House Press Secretary Eric Schultz told reporters aboard Air Force One. "We had that letter after it was made public, so we did not have advance warning."
Reports of the revived FBI investigation into the Democratic presidential nominee's use of a private email server during her time at the State Department was leaked by Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R), who took to Twitter to announce that Comey indicated in a letter that the FBI had "learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent" to the bureau's probe. Those new documents were uncovered during the FBI's investigation into disgraced Rep. Anthony Weiner's sexting scandal.
Regardless of what this latest review may uncover, President Barack Obama will stand by his support for Clinton, Shultz said.
"I don't think anything has surfaced to change the president's views of Secretary Clinton," he announced, according to the Washington Examiner. "[H]e's going to be proud to support her from now until Election Day."
However, the White House spokesman said he does not anticipate Obama will address the headline-grabbing development at all on Friday, telling the press, "You can expect a lot of the themes he's hit before, touting why he believes Secretary Clinton is uniquely qualified to be commander in chief."
Schultz could not confirm whether the FBI development is an announcement of an actual investigation, or if the agency is still determining if it will reopen the case.