FBI Obtains Search Warrant for New Emails in Clinton Probe
The FBI has a search warrant to start reviewing new emails that are potentially tied to the Hillary Clinton case, according to unnamed law enforcement officials.
The warrant is related to the Clinton private server probe that were found on ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner’s computer, officials told NBC News and The Associated Press.
According to The New York Times, agents are “[scrambling] to review as much of the information as possible before Election Day,” which is Tuesday, Nov. 8.
“The process has begun,” a federal law enforcement official told the Times, adding that it’s unclear if the review can be finished by the day. Law enforcement officials said the email review couldn’t be reviewed before Nov. 8, the paper said.
FBI director James Comey revealed the existence of the new emails and the investigation on Friday. Reports indicated that they’re linked into Weiner and his estranged wife and top Clinton aide, Huma Abedin.
Agents will have probable cause to search Abedin’s emails that are in relation to the Clinton investigation, the Times reported. Some of her emails went through Clinton’s private server.
Officials were investigating Weiner’s laptop—but it was for evidence to him allegedly communicating lewd messages to an underage girl.
Over the weekend, a number of top Democrats as well as Clinton’s campaign have scolded Comey for his announcement.
The FBI director, said Sen. Harry Reid, has “demonstrated a disturbing double standard for the treatment of sensitive information, with what appears to be clear intent to aid one political party over another.”
Clinton herself called Comey’s announcement “unprecedented” and a departure from the FBI and Justice Department’s policy.