Lap­top search war­rant de­tails mis­han­dling of Clin­ton emails.

War­rant to see if Clin­ton email hacked

The Washington Times Daily - - FRONT PAGE - BY STEPHEN DINAN

The FBI thought Huma Abe­din’s lap­top com­puter had ev­i­dence of she and her boss, for­mer Sec­re­tary of State Hil­lary Clin­ton, mis­han­dling clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion, ac­cord­ing to a search war­rant re­leased Tues­day that shows the ba­sis agents had for up­end­ing the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion with their elec­tion­sea­son probe.

Agents were also hop­ing to see if any­one had used the lap­top to hack into Clin­ton emails, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit agents filed to jus­tify the war­rant.

Ms. Abe­din, one of Mrs. Clin­ton’s top aides from her time in the State Depart­ment and again on the cam­paign trail, had shared the lap­top with now­es­tranged hus­band An­thony Weiner. The FBI seized the lap­top in a probe of Mr. Weiner, but dis­cov­ered it also had mes­sages be­tween Mrs. Clin­ton and Ms. Abe­din.

“There is … prob­a­ble cause to be­lieve that the cor­re­spon­dence be­tween them lo­cated on the Sub­ject Lap­top con­tains clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion which was pro­duced by and is owned by the U.S. Gov­ern­ment. The Sub­ject Lap­top was never au­tho­rized for the stor­age or trans­mis­sion of clas­si­fied or na­tional de­fense in­for­ma­tion,” the FBI said in the af­fi­davit.

FBI Di­rec­tor James B. Comey sent shock waves through the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion in late Oc­to­ber when he an­nounced, just months after clear­ing Mrs. Clin­ton of crim­i­nal wrong­do­ing in her han­dling of clas­si­fied emails, that he was re­open­ing the probe based on new in­for­ma­tion.

That in­for­ma­tion was the dis­cov­ery of Ms. Abe­din’s mes­sages on the shared lap­top, a Dell In­sp­iron with a 1-ter­abyte hard drive, which agents al­ready had while in­ves­ti­gat­ing Mr. Weiner for pos­si­ble il­licit sex­ual mes­sages with an un­der­age girl.

Agents then ob­tained a new search war­rant on Oct. 30 to check the lap­top in con­nec­tion with the Clin­ton email probe.

After a brief le­gal bat­tle, Judge P. Kevin Cas­tel or­dered the war­rant made public Tues­day.

The war­rant doesn’t shed very much new light on what agents found, but Mr. Comey said none of if changed their ini­tial find­ing in the case that Mrs. Clin­ton did mis­han­dle clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion and did put na­tional se­cu­rity at risk, but was too tech­no­log­i­cally in­ept to know the risks she was run­ning and thus should not be crim­i­nally charged.

Democrats have blamed the late­sea­son an­nounce­ment for de­rail­ing Mrs. Clin­ton’s cam­paign, and she lost in a squeaker to GOP can­di­date Don­ald Trump.

The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion had at first op­posed re­leas­ing the search war­rant but dropped its ob­jec­tion last week, in­stead only ask­ing that cer­tain names be redacted.

In Tues­day’s doc­u­ments, the name of the FBI agent re­quest­ing the search war­rant is blacked out.

Also redacted are the names of two other peo­ple who ap­pear to be Ms. Abe­din and Mr. Weiner. Mrs. Clin­ton’s name does ap­pear. Judge Cas­tel said in an or­der Mon­day that her in­volve­ment has been pub­licly es­tab­lished, and it made no sense to keep her name out of the doc­u­ments.

Even with the elec­tion over and Mrs. Clin­ton re­turn­ing to pri­vate life, her emails are still very much in the spot­light.

The State Depart­ment con­tin­ues, un­der or­ders from fed­eral courts, to re­lease some of the thou­sands of new mes­sages that the FBI re­cov­ered dur­ing its ini­tial probe. The next re­leases are due Jan. 3 and 4.

As of the last court up­date, the FBI had yet to turn over to the State Depart­ment any of the emails ob­tained from the Abe­din com­puter.

The depart­ment is now bat­tling with Ju­di­cial Watch, which says those new emails from the Abe­din com­puter should be re­leased as part of a cur­rent open records law­suit. The State Depart­ment in­sists Ju­di­cial Watch should file a new Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act re­quest in­stead.

“Bill Clin­ton stated that I called him after the elec­tion. Wrong, he called me (with a very nice con­grat­u­la­tions). He ‘doesn’t know much’ es­pe­cially how to get peo­ple, even with an un­lim­ited bud­get, out to vote in the vi­tal swing states (and more). They fo­cused on wrong states.”

— Don­ald Trump, re­ply­ing on Twit­ter to for­mer Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton’s taunts that the pres­i­dent-elect “doesn’t know much [ex­cept] how to get an­gry, white men to vote for him”

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The FBI be­lieved the lap­top be­long­ing to Huma Abe­din, the long­time aide to Hil­lary Clin­ton, had clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion, ac­cord­ing to a search war­rant.

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