The FBI still has not obtained a warrant to view the emails it used as justification for reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.
Yahoo’s Michael Isikoff attempted to question the FBI in regards to the content of the emails, but it was revealed that the agency did not have access to them. At the time he sent his letter, FBI Director James Comey did not know whether the emails found on Huma Abedin’s computer would contain any classified emails that the bureau wasn’t already aware of.
Abedin, who is a close aide to Clinton, had her computer and other devices seized in relation to the investigation into her husband’s sexting with a 15-year-old girl. Abedin is currently in the middle of divorce proceedings with the disgraced congressman Anthony Weiner.
In his letter to Congress, Comey implied that his team had uncovered new information that was relevant to the Clinton investigation, but a source within the FBI confirmed that they do not know what they will obtain from Abedin’s devices.
‘We do not have a warrant. Discussions are under way [between the FBI and the Justice Department] as to the best way to move forward.’
Despite the lack of any evidence regarding wrongdoing on Clinton’s part, Donald Trump has seized upon the issue, hoping to use it to reignite his lagging presidential campaign.
‘”@piersmorgan: BOMBSHELL: FBI reopening its investigation into HillaryClinton’s email server after new discovery!’
"@piersmorgan: BOMBSHELL: FBI reopening its investigation into HillaryClinton's email server after new discovery!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 29, 2016
Trump and his surrogates insist that the FBI wouldn’t have reopened the investigation if they had not found anything significant. However, in a memo sent to the bureau’s agents, Comey made it clear that he did not know what was on Abedin’s computer. He only stated that he felt it would be ‘pertinent’ to the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server.
‘Because those emails appear to be pertinent to our investigation, I agreed that we should take appropriate steps to obtain and review them.’
Comey’s decision to send a letter to Congress regarding reopening the Clinton investigation has sparked outrage from some. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and four Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee signed a letter condemning Comey’s actions.
‘This letter is troubling because it is vaguely worded and leaves so many questions unanswered. It is not clear whether the emails identified by the FBI are even in the custody of the FBI, whether any of the emails have already been reviewed, whether Secretary Clinton sent or received them, or whether they even have any significance to the FBI’s previous investigation.’
Even some within the FBI believe that Comey made a mistake. Apparently, he was advised not to send the letter due to fears that it could unduly influence the presidential election. Comey chose to ignore that advice and the fallout has caused quite the controversy. Only time will tell if anything concrete emerges from this investigation.