Following a judge's order, a court has released the FBI search warrant tied to an investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.
Documents are considerably redacted
The warrant was requested two days after FBI Director James Comey sent an unprecedented letter to Congress in late October, suggesting new information had come to light in Clinton's long-running classified email scandal. Comey's letter, which came the week before the presidential election, has been credited as at least one factor in Clinton's loss to Donald Trump, making the FBI's search request an item of intense interest.
But there's little that's shocking about the documents, which are considerably redacted. The request is for the electronic search of a Dell Inspiron 15 7000 series laptop, but the owner of the laptop is missing from the request. Previous reporting, however, has suggested the laptop belonged to disgraced politician Anthony Weiner, who was married to Clinton aide Huma Abedin. The laptop, and possible classified emails on it, were reportedly uncovered during an investigation into allegations that Weiner had been sending explicit text messages to a 15-year-old girl.
FBI suggested there was probable cause the laptop had new information
According to its request, the FBI writes that its previous examination of emails in the Clinton investigation suggested the "thousands" of emails on the laptop may have information related to Clinton, as classified email senders and recipients were already tied to the laptop. Although the FBI does not include specific people in its affidavit, presumably names mentioned and redacted are Weiner and Abedin.
Soon after Comey's surprise announcement, the FBI director again cleared Clinton of any wrongdoing, saying that the agency's review had not changed its original opinion from July. But the damage to Clinton's campaign, coming in the last stretch of the election, may still be incalculable.