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Judge Unseals FBI Search Warrant in Hillary Email Investigation

Judge Unseals FBI Search Warrant in Hillary Email Investigation

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.

From Politico:

“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.

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DouglasJBender | December 21, 2016 at 9:54 am

Thank God Hillary was not elected President.

The “news” media are making themselves look even more foolish, saying that the FBI had “little more than a hunch” when it reopened the investigation. FBI knew there were emails to/from the clintonemail.com accounts on that computer and could not read them, lacking a subpoena. Asking for it and examining the emails was the right thing to do. According to news reports, there WERE classified materials among the items on the Weiner computer.

Why HRC and her top staff were never charged will remain a mystery to most of us.

It’s kind of astounding that they wanted to open this, dragging Clinton’s name through the mud one more time. The people criticizing this warrant seem not to realize how low a bar “probable cause” is when used in a search warrant. If you can make any kind of somewhat reasonable case to look at something, you’ll get your warrant. that’s all that’s required, and they did that here.

Was it flimsy? Just about every probable cause case in every warrant ever issued starts out pretty flimsy. After you look at the stuff, you either build your case or you drop it. That’s how the warrant system works, in every jurisdiction in this country.

So it now seems super-villain “Redacted” is responsible for Hillary’ loss! Or just another one on the list…

So, one would assume the investigation is re-opened.
But has it been?

    Milhouse in reply to snowshooze. | December 21, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Um, no. Did you bother reading the article before commenting?

    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.”

If the investigation is now closed, a FOIA request can be made to get copies of the FBI investigative reports, if there are any.

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