FBI Director James Comey is going full-bore into his agency’s re-launch of its criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton‘s use of a private email server to conduct official State Department business.
With just a tad more than a week to go before the presidential election, Comey obtained a warrant to search the up 650,000 emails on a computer disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner shared with his estranged wife, long-time Clinton senior aide Huma Abedin.
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The FBI obtained a warrant some time ago to take possession of the computer. The second warrant, obtained Sunday, is for the data contained within the laptop, NBC News reported.
The computer was obtained as a part of the FBI’s investigation against Weiner. When State Department emails were found on the device the investigation shifted toward Clinton, with the possibility that it contained emails that the former Secretary of State hadn’t turned over.
The FBI will now begin the arduous task of comparing the emails contained on the laptop with those that have already been subject to investigation, and determine if they contain classified information. This process will likely take agents well past the November 8 presidential election.
Comey came under attack by Democrats from the moment he announced Friday that he was re-launching his probe into Clinton. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid wrote a scathing letter in which he said Comey may have violated the law, and the Democratic presidential nominee called his actions “unprecedented” and “deeply troubling.”
After Comey made the announcement Friday, he sent an internal memo to agents explaining his actions.
“We don’t ordinarily tell Congress about ongoing investigations, but here I feel an obligation to do so given that I testified repeatedly in recent months that our investigation was completed,” he wrote.
He added it would “be misleading to the American people were we not to supplement the record. At the same time, however, given that we don’t know the significance of this newly discovered collection of e-mails, I don’t want to create a misleading impression.”
The Donald Trump campaign was elated with the news and gave its drive to the White House a much-needed boost.
“We never thought we were going to say ‘thank you’ to Anthony Weiner,” he told supporters on the campaign trail.
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