Carl Bernstein: FBI review 'a real bombshell'

Carl Bernstein: FBI review 'a real bombshell'
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CNN's Carl Bernstein said that the FBI's stunning announcement that it assessing new emails pertinent to its investigation of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP rushes to cut ties to Moore Papadopoulos was in regular contact with Stephen Miller, helped edit Trump speech: report Bannon jokes Clinton got her ‘ass kicked’ in 2016 election MORE's private email server wouldn't have happened unless "it was something serious."  

"Well, there's no question that the e-mails have always been the greatest threat to her candidacy for president, that her conduct in regard to the e-mails is really indefensible," said Bernstein, known best along with Bob Woodward as the Washington Post reporters who broke the Watergate scandal.  

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"We don't know what this means yet except that it's a real bombshell," Bernstein continued by phone on "CNN Newsroom" with anchor Brooke Baldwin. "And it is unthinkable that the director of the FBI would take this action lightly, that he would put this letter forth to the Congress of the United States saying there is more information out there about classified e-mails and call it to the attention of Congress unless it was something requiring serious investigation." 

Bernstein, 72, added he isn't sure if specific details about the review will be revealed before November 8th. 

"Is it a certainty that we won't learn before the election? I'm not sure it's a certainty we won't learn before the election," he said. "One thing is, it's possible that Hillary Clinton might want to on her own initiative talk to the FBI and find out what she can, and if she chooses to let the American people know what she thinks or knows is going on. 

"People need to hear from her. ..." 

Clinton in a press conference late Friday criticized Comey, saying it's "imperative" the FBI director release the "full and complete facts" about the email review. 

Those remarks came after Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta issued a statement saying Comey "owes it to the American people to immediately provide the full details of what he is now examining."

"It is extraordinary that we would see something like this just 11 days out from a presidential election," Podesta said.