Open thread: Judge releases FBI search warrant for Huma Abedin's laptop

Open thread: Judge releases FBI search warrant for Huma Abedin's laptop

James Comey - Caricature, by DonkeyHotey, Flickr

James Comey - Caricature, by DonkeyHotey, Flickr

Today a federal judge released the search warrant relating to Huma Abedin's laptop in the case of her husband, former Congressman Anthony Weiner. That warrant, the search which followed, and the release of a statement by FBI director James Comey just 10 days before the election rocked the campaign. It was one of the data points which led to Donald J. Trump's surprising Electoral College victory.

The lawyer who made the FOIA request, a Hillary Clinton supporter, had this to say:

"I see nothing at all in the search warrant application that would give rise to probable cause, nothing that would make anyone suspect that there was anything on the laptop beyond what the FBI had already searched and determined not to be evidence of a crime, nothing to suggest that there would be anything other than routine correspondence between" Clinton and Abedin, Schoenberg said in an email to USA TODAY. It remains unknown "why they thought they might find evidence of a crime, why they felt it necessary to inform Congress, and why they even sought this search warrant," he said. "I am appalled." The FBI's Manhattan office did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

It's all water under the bridge, of course. We have Donald J. Trump for the next four years. But it does illustrate all the forces arrayed against Mrs. Clinton.

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