'This tweet didn't age well': Kellyanne Conway mocked for message about FBI probes as Trump inquiry confirmed

Kellyanne Conway tweeted: "Most honest people I know are not under FBI investigation, let alone two"
Kellyanne Conway tweeted: "Most honest people I know are not under FBI investigation, let alone two" Credit: EPA

Kellyanne Conway has faced ridicule on social media for a tweet she posted five months ago that poked fun at Hillary Clinton's email saga.

The senior adviser to Donald Trump took a swipe at the Democratic presidential nominee on Twitter shortly before the election when James Comey, the FBI director, announced new emails were being investigated.

The new trove, which was found on the laptop of the husband of Huma Abedin, a top Clinton aide, revived the scandal three months after the FBI announced after an 11 month inquiry that criminal charges were not warranted.

"Most honest people I know are not under FBI investigation, let alone two," Ms Conway tweeted in October 2016, sharing a Fox News tweet quoting her as saying in an interview about Mrs Clinton, "If you’re under your 2nd FBI investigation in the same year then you do have a … corruption & an ethics problem.”

Kellyanne Conway's tweet from October 2016 Credit: Twitter

Ms Conway's old tweets were shared widely on Monday as Mr Comey confirmed the bureau had launched a criminal investigation into suggestions of collusion between Russia and Mr Trump's campaign during last year's presidential election.

Mr Trump's White House has been dogged by questions about links between his campaign staff and Russian officials.

Mr Comey was giving evidence on Monday to the House Intelligence Committee which is investigating accusations that Russia tried to influence the election by hacking the Democratic National Committee and releasing information embarrassing to Mrs Clinton.

It has been argued that the FBI director's decision to reveal the new emails in October cost Mrs Clinton the election.

Just nine days after Mr Comey said the new batch of correspondence was being investigated, he said there was nothing to change the bureau's earlier recommendation that there should be no charges.

Mrs Clinton used only a private email account, tied to an unsecured server at her home, to conduct government business while serving as secretary of state.

This departure from protocol meant that her communications were not automatically archived, and were at risk of being accessed by hackers.