Warrant: Clinton, Abedin emails led feds to seize Weiner laptop

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Warrant sheds light on Clinton email probe

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The documents shed new light on how the FBI framed its argument for access to the emails

Clinton was ultimately cleared by the FBI two days before the election

CNN —  

The fact that Hillary Clinton and top aide Huma Abedin previously exchanged classified emails gave federal prosecutors probable cause to justify their review of Anthony Weiner’s laptop last fall, according to a search warrant application released on Tuesday.

The review of the laptop – publicly disclosed less than two weeks before the election – jolted Clinton’s campaign and resurfaced the controversy over her use of a private email server at the State Department.

The search warrant and supporting documents – previously issued in late October but ordered unsealed by a federal judge Monday – shed new light on how the FBI framed its argument for access to the emails and what federal investigators hoped to find. More specifically, investigators sought information on those who accessed classified information, communications with Clinton during her tenure as secretary of state and “activity related to a computer intrusion.”

Eleven days before the 2016 presidential election, FBI Director James Comey announced that the FBI discovered emails possibly “pertinent” to the Clinton email server probe “in connection with an unrelated case.” That unrelated case was New York prosecutors’ separate investigation into allegations that Weiner – a former New York congressman and the estranged husband of Abedin – had allegedly sexted with an underage girl.