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Clinton mum on renewed FBI email probe during Iowa speech

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks at a Democratic party 'Women Win' early vote rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on October 28, 2016.
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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks at a Democratic party 'Women Win' early vote rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on October 28, 2016.

The cat's got Clinton's tongue.

Hillary Clinton was mum Friday afternoon about a renewed FBI probe of her emails as she began speaking at a campaign rally in Iowa.

"Let me say a word about the recent flooding in Cedar Rapids," Clinton said, playing to the friendly crowd in that city, as the Democratic presidential nominee avoided mentioning the news that rocked the political world and her campaign for the White House.

Clinton started her speech by mentioning "all the problems that keep you up at night," such as rising prescription drug costs, the cost of college education and student debt.

"Now, with just 11 days left, we've got work to do," Clinton said to the cheering crowd, referring to Election Day.

Clinton and her traveling press corps were aboard a plane early Friday afternoon when news broke that FBI Director James Comey had written Congress notifying lawmaker that he had ordered a review of newly discovered emails "that appear to be pertinent to the investigation" of Clinton and her private email server.

Clinton took an unusually long time to disembark from that plane. A Clinton campaign representative told NBC News that the campaign had "no idea" what Comey was referencing in the letter he sent Congress on Friday.

Comey had announced in July that the FBI was not recommending criminal charges against Clinton for her handling of classified information contained in emails that were stored on a private server.