U.S. judge orders unsealing of Clinton
email probe search warrant
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[December 20, 2016]
By Nate Raymond
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Monday
ordered the unsealing of the application used to obtain a search warrant
that allowed the FBI to gain access to emails related to Democratic
presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's private server before the Nov. 8
U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel in Manhattan directed the release by
Tuesday of redacted materials used to obtain a search warrant after
Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey informed Congress
of newly discovered emails on Oct. 28.
Comey's letter drew new attention to a damaging issue for Clinton, the
Democratic presidential nominee, and roiled the campaign 11 days before
the Nov. 8 election, won by Republican Donald Trump.
The search warrant materials' release sought by Randol Schoenberg, a Los
Angeles-based lawyer, who in court papers said transparency was crucial
given the potential influence the probe had on the election's outcome.
Sources close to the investigation have said the emails were discovered
during an unrelated probe into former Democratic U.S. Representative
Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
In his order, Castel said he would allow the redaction of the identities
of two unnamed individuals, one of whom is subject to an "ongoing
But he said the "strong presumption of access attached to the search
warrant and related materials is not overcome by any remaining privacy
interest of Secretary Clinton."
Lawyers for Clinton and Abedin did not immediately respond to requests
for comment, nor did the U.S. Justice Department. A lawyer for Weiner
had no immediate comment.
Clinton used the server while she was secretary of state from 2009 to
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Hillary Clinton speaks to the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington.
In July, Comey recommended no criminal charges be brought over
Clinton's handing of classified information in the emails, although
he said she and her colleagues were "extremely careless" in handling
In his Oct. 28 letter to Congress, Comey said emails potentially
related to the Clinton server probe had been discovered in an
Sources close to the investigation have said the emails were
discovered during an unrelated probe into Weiner following a media
report that he engaged in sexually explicit cellphone and online
messaging with a 15-year-old girl.
Federal investigators got a warrant to examine the emails to see if
they were related to the probe into Clinton's private server. Only
two days before the election, Comey disclosed that the emails did
nothing to change his earlier recommendation.
(Reporting by Nate Raymond in New York; Editing by Alistair Bell and
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