During the final two weeks of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, FBI Director James Comey announced that the FBI had a warrant to search Anthony Weiner’s laptop. Weiner is the husband of Clinton’s assistant Huma Abedin. This laptop reportedly had undiscovered Clinton emails that were from her private email server when she was Secretary of State. On Tuesday, this FBI warrant has now been unsealed and the details of it have been made available to the public.
The reason the warrant became unsealed was because of a request made by a Los Angeles attorney named Randy Schoenberg. The Freedom of Information Act gave him the right to request this. Schoenberg wanted to find out the probable cause that the FBI had which made them believe something incriminating against Clinton was on Weiner’s laptop. After all, the 4th Amendment of the Constitution dictates that proof of probable cause must be generated before law enforcement can search and seize someone’s property. This probable cause would be some reason for authorities to believe that criminal evidence is there to find.
According to news reports, the emails on the laptop contained “non-content header information” which implied that these emails were made between accounts that were exchanged with Clinton’s private email server. The FBI warrant request stated that they had probable cause and believed that the computer had “evidence contraband, fruits and/or items illegally possessed.” They didn’t give any more specifics than that.
Of course, the FBI took less than 2 weeks to look through the emails on the laptop and then concluded that they were all emails which had already been looked at by their investigators in the previous investigation of Clinton’s private email server. However, some leftists believe that Comey, who is a Republican, made the announcement about the search warrant on purpose because he knew it would hurt Clinton in the election. Now that Donald Trump has won, Clinton as well as many other Democrats believe Comey’s announcement played a significant role in her defeat.