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Hillary Clinton’s first reaction to the FBI’s email probe: Don’t talk to the media

This story has been updated.

The story of Hillary Clinton's initial reaction to a renewed FBI probe of her private email server can be told in three tweets.

As the esteemed Chris Cillizza suggested, the Democratic presidential nominee had to say something to the media about the investigation, right?

Wrong. Clinton blew right past the journalists waiting for her and stepped straight into an SUV waiting to take her to a rally in Cedar Rapids, where she did not acknowledge the FBI's investigation.

On Friday evening, Clinton held a news conference in which she addressed the investigation and fielded questions from reporters. She said she is confident any new discoveries will not alter the conclusion the FBI reached in July, when director James Comey called her handling of classified information "extremely careless" but recommended no criminal charges.

Addressing her October surprise on day one was wise, but Clinton's first response (or nonresponse) only reinforced the perception that she has what David Axelrod calls “an unhealthy penchant for privacy.” And her initial avoidance of the media recalled the long period in the campaign when Clinton refused to hold news conferences and seldom took questions from her traveling press corps.

Donald Trump has consistently overshadowed Clinton's negative headlines lately, pulling the spotlight off rising Affordable Care Act premiums and WikiLeaks revelations with conspiratorial warnings about election-rigging and groping allegations made against him. But there is almost nothing Trump could do to distract from a story as significant as the FBI's investigation of a major-party nominee this close to Election Day.

That means Clinton's opponent won't bail her out of this one. The media is going to have many, many questions — beyond the handful Clinton answered on Friday evening.