The FBI had probable cause to search the Weiner/Abedin laptop.
A New York judge has unsealed the search warrant giving the FBI permission to search a laptop belonging to disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner and his estranged wife Huma Abedin, one of Hillary Clinton’s top aides.
The FBI began an investigation into Weiner after it emerged he sexted with an underage girl. The investigation revealed a laptop that may have had new information for the FBI’s investigation into Hillary’s private email server, which Director James Comey closed in July.
The Democrats and Hillary fumed over the search warrant and said the move was politically motivated.
“There is probable cause to believe that the Subject Laptop contains evidence, contraband, fruits, and/or other items illegally possessed in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 793 (e) and (f),” an FBI agent wrote, citing felony Espionage Act provisions for illegal possessions of classified information.
“Given the information that there are thousands of [redacted] emails located on the Subject Laptop—including emails, during and around [redacted] from [redacted] account as well as a [redacted] account appearing to belong to [redacted]—and the regular emails correspondence between [redacted] and Clinton, there is probable cause to believe the subject contains correspondence between [redacted] and Clinton,” wrote the FBI agent, whose named was deleted from the records made public Tuesday.
“Because it has been determined by relevant original classification authorities that many emails were exchanged between [redacted] using [redacted] and/or [redacted] accounts, and Clinton that contained classified information, there is also probable cause to believe that the correspondence between them located on the Subject Laptop contains classified information which was produced by and is owned by the U.S. Government. The Subject Laptop was never authorized for the storage or transmission of classified or national defense information,” the FBI agent added.
Comey announced two days before the election that none of the information on the laptop changed anyone’s mind “on whether Mrs. Clinton should be charged, essentially re-closing the case.”
Hillary and her campaign have blamed Comey’s letter that cleared her of wrong doing for costing her the election to President-elect Donald Trump.
Others said the way FBI handled the situation “violated long-established Justice Department guidelines against taking investigative actions that could be seen as influencing the outcome of an election.”
The FBI closed the investigation into Hillary in July with Comey recommending that the Department of Justice not press charges against her or her staff even though agents found all of them were extremely careless with classified information.DONATE
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