DOJ/FBI Still Seeking Approval From Abedin's Lawyers To Review New Emails; UPDATE: They Weren't In Talks

Matt Vespa
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Posted: Oct 30, 2016 1:15 PM
DOJ/FBI Still Seeking Approval From Abedin's Lawyers To Review New Emails; UPDATE: They Weren't In Talks

Editors Note: Headline has been changed to reflect changes in the story.


UPDATE: Weiner is cooperating.

UPDATE II: CNN now reporting that talks haven't started, DOJ hasn't even approached Huma's lawyers yet. So, the search warrant games continue.

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Justice Department and FBI are still seeking approval to review the new Clinton-related emails on Anthony Weiner's laptop with the lawyers representing top Clinton aide Huma Abedin. Abedin shared that device with her estranged husband, who is under investigation for an online interaction he had with an underage girl. During that probe, an examination of the laptop led to the discovery of the emails. They have not been reviewed, even when FBI Director Comey sent a letter to Congress informing them that these emails were related to the Clinton email investigation that he concluded in July. Katie wrote earlier today that the FBI and the DOJ were still talking about securing a warrant to review the emails. So, right now, we have legal phone, or email, tag concerning the FBI, DOJ, and Huma’s legal team (via CNN):

The Justice Department and the FBI are in discussions with lawyers for Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin to secure approval that would allow the FBI to conduct a full search of her newly discovered emails, sources familiar with the discussions told CNN.

Authorities have not yet sought a search warrant for the emails, law enforcement sources told CNN. Government lawyers hope to secure a search warrant to permit investigators to review thousands of emails on a computer Abedin shared with her estranged husband, Anthony Weiner, officials said.

The new search warrant is needed because the existing authorization, covered by a subpoena, related only to the ongoing investigation of Weiner, who is accused of having sexually explicit communications with an underage girl.

Speculation is boundless at this point, but it appears that Abedin could land in legal trouble since she delivered remarks in a June deposition about having turned over all devices with State Department emails. It related to Judicial Watch’s lawsuit over Clinton’s email server. Also, in February of 2013, when Clinton left the State Department, Abedin signed a routine form indicating that all classified, government-related, even administrative emails and correspondences would be turned over upon leaving her position there. Both instances carried the penalty of perjury.