Federal agents now have a search warrant they need to examine the thousands of emails found on a computer belonging to former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner that could be pertinent to the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s personal email server, sources familiar with the matter tell NPR’s Carrie Johnson.
Weiner is the estranged husband of Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
On Friday, FBI Director James Comey disclosed to lawmakers the emails had been found during an investigation into Weiner, who is under scrutiny for allegedly sending illicit text messages to a minor.
Sources tell NPR that the emails appear to come from a laptop that Weiner and Abedin sometimes shared. The investigators’ theory is that Abedin apparently used the laptop at home for some correspondence that could be related to State Department business, sources said.
It is not clear whether any of the newly discovered emails were sent or received by Clinton.
Another key question is whether the documents are copies of material already reviewed by the FBI during its yearlong investigation into Clinton’s email server, or whether they are new — and whether they contain classified material.
Top officials at the Justice Department and FBI have issued orders to review the emails as quickly as possible, a source said. If they are duplicates, that work could go rapidly; if not, it could take more time.
The material was first discovered in early October, and it’s not clear why no warrant was sought then. A source also said that the material would have to contain something extraordinary to change the original determination not to bring any charges against Clinton or her associates.