The FBI told a federal judge that it believed there was probable cause that a laptop seized as part of its investigation of disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) contained classified information, a warrant unsealed Tuesday revealed.
The warrant — granted in connection with the agency’s investigation into whether Hillary Clinton mishandled classified information — shows that investigators found emails they thought might be pertinent when they sorted and scanned the header information of messages stored on Weiner’s computer.
News about the FBI’s actions came out days before the presidential election and was falsely described as a “reopening” of the case by some Republicans.
The Clinton campaign has attributed her surprise loss in part to the eleventh-hour decision by FBI Director James Comey to look for Clinton-related emails on the Weiner laptop.
The former New York congressman was under investigation for allegedly sending sexually explicit messages to a minor. Weiner is married to longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin, though the two are separated.
The bureau’s Clinton case centered on the private email system she used while secretary of State and whether that unusual setup compromised classified information.