The FBI now has a warrant to read the thousands of emails from Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s most trusted aide, discovered on Anthony Weiner’s laptop.
Law enforcement officials confirmed that investigators gained permission to start trawling through the 650,000 emails discovered on the laptop on Sunday evening, NBC reported.
Feds seized the laptop belonging to Weiner, Abedin’s disgraced husband, in September after DailyMail.com exposed his sexting of a 15-year-old girl.
And in early October, agents told FBI heads they’d found emails from Abedin on the laptop that may have been deleted from Clinton’s private server. But their warrant did not allow them to read emails that were not linked to the Weiner investigation.
The newly reopened investigation will take time due to the sheer volume of emails to be read, the Wall Street Journal reported.
It will likely take agents until well past the election to assess how many, if any, contain classified information – leaving Clinton with the prospect of facing an ongoing investigation even if she is elected president.
The Democratic candidate already shows signs of slipping in the polls after a ABC News/Washington Post tracker poll revealed Trump was just one point behind – that’s an 11 point change since last week.
And since FBI director James Comey’s shock announcement on Friday that the Clinton private server probe was to be reopened, questions have continued to mount over right-hand woman Abedin’s future on the Clinton campaign.
Abedin has reportedly pleaded ignorance about how the emails ended up on husband Weiner’s laptop.
Even worse for her situation, Abedin swore under oath while testifying in a lawsuit brought against the State Department by Judicial Watch that she had handed over all of her devices that could hold emails relevant to the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server. If she’s found to have lied she could face up to five years in jail.
Donald Trump delivered a swift kick to disgraced former Democratic congressman Weiner on Sunday, thanking him for preserving the emails that could bring Clinton down.
The Republican presidential nominee told a more than 7,000 people packed into a Las Vegas casino ballroom that be believes the FBI has recovered some of Clinton’s 33,000 deleted emails.
‘I have a feeling they just found a lot of them,’ he said, before calling out the name of Weiner’s estranged wife Huma Abedin.
‘Huma! They just found a lot of them!’ he boomed. ‘We never thought we were going to say “Thank you” to Anthony Weiner!’