FBI announcement on Clinton email pumps new life into Trump campaign

“We have one ultimate check on Hillary’s corruption, and that is the power of the vote,” Trump told supporters Sunday at a rally in Las Vegas.

 The New York businessman also claimed momentum has shifted in his favor, tweeting that “we are now leading in many polls, and many of these were taken before the criminal investigation announcement on Friday — great in states!”

The FBI did not announce a “criminal investigation” — and most polls still give Clinton a lead — but FBI Director James Comey’s letter to congressional leaders about a review of new information has roiled the election in ways that campaigns, pollsters, and analysts are still trying to assess.

Republican consultant Bruce Haynes, founding partner of Washington-based Purple Strategies, said the FBI “bombshell” potentially “reframes the election as a referendum on Clinton and all the baggage she brings into office with her.”

Clinton and her aides, meanwhile, raised a fairness issue, stressing that Comey did not specify what his agents are looking at, and issued only a vague statement on a Friday afternoon just 11 days before an election.