On Friday, FBI Director James Comey notified members of Congress in a letter that due to new evidence found in an unrelated case, investigators decided to reopen the case into Hillary Clinton and her private server. Latest reports reveal that while the unrelated case was the probe into Anthony Weiner’s inappropriate sexting with an underage girl which led to investigators finding emails that could potentially reveal more information about Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information during her time as secretary of state. Weiner is the now estranged husband of Clinton’s top aide, Huma Abedin, and analysts say data found on one of the couple’s computer help the FBI close the gaps in the highly controversial case of Hillary’s server.
A Government source told Fox News on Sunday that metadata on Weiner’s computer turned up “positive hits for state.gov and HRC emails,” which led the FBI to reopen the case. The FBI found the new documents when they first launched the case weeks ago but requested and obtained a new warrant over the weekend that would allow them to expand their search into documents on his computer that did not pertain only to his sexting scandal.
The Wall Street Journal first reported that investigators found about 650,000 emails on a laptop that was shared between the couple and metadata on the device suggests that thousands of those were sent to and from the private server used by Hillary Clinton. The FBI will likely take weeks to sort through all of the files and determine which of those emails are work related between Huma Abedin and the Clinton campaign, and how many were duplicates that were already turned over to the FBI to investigate when they issued a subpoena to Clinton. The FBI announced that the investigation could be done by what they call “midyear,” which means well after the Presidential election next week and months after the next President takes office.
The Clinton Campaign has been pushing back hard against Director Comey’s announcement on Friday, saying that his decision to say they were reopening the case without presenting substantial reasoning just 11 days before the election was unprecedented. Senator Harry Reid went as far as suggesting that what Comey did “may be illegal.”