FBI looked for intrusions in Hillary Clinton emails
NEW YORK — The FBI was trying to get a look at thousands of Hillary Clinton’s emails on disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s computer partly to see if anyone had hacked in to steal classified information, according to court documents unsealed Tuesday.
Investigating possible hacking appeared to be a secondary rationale for the email search, which FBI Director James Comey launched in the waning days of the presidential election.
When the FBI asked a magistrate judge in New York to issue a search warrant for Mr. Weiner’s computer on Oct. 30, an agent spent pages describing concerns it might contain evidence Mrs. Clinton had mishandled classified information.
The warrant application, made public Tuesday, was filed two days after Mr. Comey informed Congress investigators had discovered email correspondence that could be pertinent to his recently closed probe of Mrs. Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.
In the document, the agent wrote that thousands of emails between Mrs. Clinton and top aide Huma Abedin had been discovered on a laptop used by Mr. Weiner, Ms. Abedin’s estranged husband.
At the time, investigators had yet to look at the content of those emails, but based on previous work in the case the agent wrote they had reason to suspect they might contain classified material, possibly including top-secret information that could cause “grave damage to national security” if disclosed.