Hillary Clinton’s campaign team has accused the FBI of “double standards” after its decision to launch a new probe into her emails slashed the candidate’s election lead over Republican rival Donald Trump almost in half.
The Democrat’s lead slumped from 4.6 percentage points on Friday to 2.5 points late on Monday, according to the Real Clear Politics tracker which averages most major polls.
And yesterday, an ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll put Trump a point ahead of his Democratic rival.
The poll also registered a seven point decline for Clinton in the share of likely voters who are strongly enthusiastic about her, a possible reflection of the renewed controversy over her use of a private server while secretary of state, pollster Gary Langer said.
Trump’s 46-45 percent lead in the four-way race for the White House, while well within the margin of error, is the first time he has been polled ahead of Clinton in the survey since May.
The FBI said on Friday that it had found thousands of emails, during an unrelated investigation, that may be “pertinent” to its review of Clinton’s use of a private server from 2009 to 2013.
But Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook decried what he called a “blatant double standard” following a CNBC report that FBI Director James Comey opposed releasing details about possible Russian interference in the US election because it was too close to Election Day. The FBI declined to comment on that report on Monday.