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FBI Search Warrant For Clinton Emails Issued On Shaky Evidence

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FBI Search Warrant For Clinton Emails Issued On Shaky Evidence

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Search warrant documents released on Tuesday related to the probe of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s private email setup provided new details about the FBI’s decision to revive the investigation days before the Nov. 8 election.

The materials, which related to a search warrant issued after Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey on Oct. 28 informed Congress of the emails, were ordered released on Monday by U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel in Manhattan.

Comey’s letter drew new attention to Clinton’s use of the server while she was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013 and roiled the campaign 11 days before the election, which Republican Donald Trump won.

In an affidavit, an FBI agent said there was “probable cause” to believe emails between Clinton and a person whose name was redacted were among “thousands” found on a laptop that contained U.S. State Department correspondence.

But the filings gave no indication that any emails involving Clinton containing classified information had been found on the laptop at the time the warrant was issued on Oct. 30.

The laptop belonged to former Democratic U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of Clinton aide Huma Abedin who was the subject of an investigation after a report about cellphone and online messages he sent a 15-year-old girl.

The search warrant materials’ release was sought by Randol Schoenberg, a Los Angeles-based lawyer, who in court papers said transparency was crucial given the potential influence the probe had on the election’s outcome.

In a statement, Schoenberg said he saw “nothing to suggest that there would be anything other than routine correspondence between Secretary Clinton and her longtime aide Huma Abedin.”

Lawyers for Clinton and Weiner did not respond to requests for comment, nor did the FBI. Abedin’s lawyer declined comment.

In July, Comey recommended no charges be brought over Clinton’s handing of classified information in the emails, although he said she and her colleagues were “extremely careless” in handling such information.

That determination followed what the search warrant materials called a “criminal investigation concerning the improper transmission and storage of classified info on unclassified email systems and servers.”

In his Oct. 28 letter to Congress, Comey said emails potentially related to the investigation had been discovered in an “unrelated case.”

Federal investigators obtained the warrant to examine the emails on Oct. 30. Two days before the election, Comey disclosed the emails did nothing to change his earlier recommendation.

(Reporting by Nate Raymond in New York, additional reporting by Scot Paltrow and Mark Hosenball in Washington; editing by Lisa Von Ahn and Tom Brown)

IMAGE: U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks about the FBI inquiry into her emails during a campaign rally in Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S. October 29, 2016.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder



  1. Lynda Groom December 20, 2016

    In short there was no there there. What a surprise…not! Smell like pure politics to me.

    1. Thoughtopsy December 21, 2016

      Not only no there, there… but it looks like the warrant for going and looking “there” was frigging thin as well.
      No warrant meant no letter to Republicans that they could leak.

      Comey is looking more and more like a political player.

      1. kep December 21, 2016

        Just like Loretta Lynch?

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  2. Mama Bear December 21, 2016

    who is surprised?

  3. Dr. Samuel Taddesse December 21, 2016

    I think the FBI director Comey was tipped by the Russian Mafia in New York.

    1. Karen_in_KC December 21, 2016

      I’m wondering what the Repukelian party has on Comey that this ‘honest republican’ FBI Agent would sway the election like this?
      That’s the Repuklian way of getting what they want: Make up lies about the person they want to control, Intimidate or Extort! Or all three of those. Whatever it takes. Trump and appointees will probably include more of Putins tactics as well. And those are not tactics I listed either! They are worse!

      1. RED December 21, 2016

        Now that’s funny, an honest republican!!! Hilarious!!!

  4. RED December 21, 2016

    Ahh, it’s so quaint how we pretend that judges don’t hand out search warrants like they were doughnuts to cops. Are there really people who still believe in Law & Order, CSI, whatever bull crap on TV justice system? Where cops follow the law and judges weigh legality and defense lawyers bring deep & legalistic arguments in defense of their clients that they are so morally committed to defend? What a frigging joke!! But I suppose such things might occur in the justice system that applies to Clinton and our other ruling elites, Trump including who just settled a fraud case for a small fine compared to what he defrauded. Guess what happens to you if you defraud someone out of money? I assure you that the police and relevant authorities won’t wait a few years and then say, “well just give a little bit back and we’re good.”

    1. elw December 21, 2016


  5. yabbed December 21, 2016

    This kind of lawless behavior from a federal law enforcement agency is not acceptable in a democracy. We are allowing the FBI and Comey to show disrespect for the rule of law and that is dangerous for us as a free people. That is Soviet style government law enforcement. President Obama should fire him immediately.

  6. elw December 21, 2016

    Personally I think it is more important to use energy fighting the Trump agenda than looking for justice for Hillary. While I am sorry that she might have been undermined unjustly – that cannot be changed. We can however still use that energy to change what damage Trump’s team is planning on doing in the future. Wars are not won by dwelling on the past. Revenge goes a long way towards fixing injustice of the past.

  7. johninPCFL December 21, 2016

    It’ll be interesting to see if Comey stays in the DoJ now that Putin’s sock puppet will be running things. If Agent Orange follows Newt’s advice, he’ll be handing out pardons a few times a week.


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