Anthony Weiner, who is now separated from Huma Abedin, is under investigation for an inappropriate online interaction with an underage girl. Abedin reportedly shared this laptop, which is how these emails were discovered. All day rumors circulated that the DOJ, FBI, and Abedin’s lawyers were in talks concerning seeking approval to review the emails. That proved to be false. No contact was made in the end, but federal authorities now have obtained that critical warrant for this renewed investigation to move forward. Anthony Weiner is said to be cooperating with the investigation as well
NBC News reports:
The FBI obtained a warrant to search emails related to the Hillary Clinton private server probe that were discovered on ex-congressman Anthony Weiner’s laptop, law enforcement officials confirmed Sunday.
The warrant came two days after FBI director James Comey revealed the existence of the emails, which law-enforcement sources said were linked to Weiner’s estranged wife, top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
The FBI already had a warrant to search Weiner’s laptop, but that only applied to evidence of his allegedly illicit communications with an underage girl.
I emailed that 2 sources say Weiner is cooperating w/ FBI- & co-owned laptop. Also NY FBI had info 4 a few weeks- pressure was building https://t.co/AHbQVtvQzg
— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) October 30, 2016
Comey’s disclosure of the emails ignited fierce criticism, particularly from Clinton, who called the move an “unprecedented” departure from FBI policy.
On Sunday, Democratic Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid scolded Comey as well, saying in a letter that he “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.”
Reid added that his office determined that Comey may have violated the Hatch Act, which bars government officials from using their authority to influence elections.
The FBI did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the Reid letter.