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Priebus: FBI letter indicates new Clinton probe is serious

This is a rush transcript from "Your World," October 28, 2016. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

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DONALD TRUMP, R-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE:  The FBI...

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TRUMP:  ... has just sent a letter to Congress informing them that they have discovered new e-mails pertaining to the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton`s investigation.  

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TRUMP:  And they are reopening the case into her criminal and illegal conduct that threatens the security of the United States of America.  

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NEIL CAVUTO, HOST:  All right, that was from Donald Trump minutes after hearing that, indeed, James Comey had written a letter to all key committee chairmen on security and overall measures like these to say that this is the start of something big.

Now, we should stress the White House doesn`t see things that way, the White House indicating today it was not given a heads-up on this, nor anyone at the State Department, nor anyone in the Clinton campaign.

But, again, a spokesman for the president saying: "I don`t think anything has surfaced to change the president`s opinions and views of Secretary Clinton."  That was en route, the president en route to Orlando to speak on her behalf, Hillary Clinton`s behalf, at a campaign event.  

RNC chairman Reince Priebus with us right now.  

They`re saying no big deal.  Reince, you`re saying what?  

REINCE PRIEBUS, REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN:  Well, of course they`re going to say that.  

But you wouldn`t have James Comey write to all of the heads of these investigative committees to say that he is amending his testimony where he testified that the case was closed, only now to say that in fact the case is open, and that they found e-mails that may be pertinent to the case.  

Now, he wouldn`t say may be pertinent unless they were pertinent.  Somebody handed off this material.  James Comey didn`t find the material himself. Some agent came to James Comey and said, here`s what we found.

And my guess is that it`s pretty serious, and that it wouldn`t have happened today if it wasn`t.  

CAVUTO:  Well, a lot of these e-mails came in relation to a separate case involving Anthony Weiner and the sexting charges against him with an underage woman.  

So, maybe, as part of that, he just reviewed them and said, well, before I write off unequivocally, I`m now made aware of these other, to your point, pertinent e-mails, so it might not be a big matter.

But the fact that he is giving them a heads-up you say makes it a big matter?  

PRIEBUS:  Well, yes.  Why else?  

I saw Podesta`s statement, and I think his statement actually makes our point even further, which is why would an FBI director inform the entire highest levels of our congressional leadership in these particular areas of this matter if it wasn`t something extraordinarily serious?

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CAVUTO:  Reince, but why would he give all of them a heads-up and not anyone at the State Department, not, for example, anyone at the White House, no one in the Clinton organization?  

PRIEBUS:  Neil, I don`t know what -- I don`t know what the protocols are at the FBI, with whom he has to -- but, obviously, he wouldn`t have done it if it wasn`t big.

Secondly, Hillary Clinton shouldn`t have gotten away with it in the fit place.  James Comey already laid out a case of gross negligence against Hillary Clinton.  And, by the way, if you read the statute -- and I know there constitutional arguments the other way.  

But if you read the statute, it says that if you violate this statute, you`re not eligible to hold federal office in this country.  It`s one of the penalties for violating the...

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PRIEBUS:  ... concept of giving away state secrets.

CAVUTO:  What did you think of what Paul Ryan was saying, Reince?  What he was saying, any of these security briefings that presidential candidates I guess get every couple of weeks, she shouldn`t be getting them, but that she is -- what do you think of that, compromised security already?  

PRIEBUS:  I think -- and Paul Ryan is correct.  

And, as we know, Paul Ryan is very careful.  He doesn`t just throw off statements.  We have learned that about Paul Ryan.  And so the fact that Paul Ryan has now weighed in and said Hillary Clinton should not be eligible for these briefings, for these security briefings, tells you a lot about what people like Paul Ryan and others on the Hill think of Hillary Clinton.  

She can`t be trusted with the presidency.  That`s clear.  But more importantly, it`s what we have been saying all along.  She should have never gotten away with this in the first place.  And now 11 days before the election, we know that the FBI director is coming back and saying, time- out, this investigation is open, unlike what I said to Congress a few months ago, and we have information.

CAVUTO:  Well, we will see.  You`re right.  It likely is not going to be resolved any time soon.  

Thank you very much, Reince Priebus.

PRIEBUS:  You bet.

CAVUTO:  We did try to reach his counterpart, Donna Brazile, at the DNC headquarters.  They did not get back to us.  

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