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FILE - In this Oct., 16, 2015 file photo, Huma Abedin, a longtime aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaks to the media after testifying at a closed-door hearing of the House Benghazi Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

UPDATE: The FBI obtained a warrant to search emails found on former Clinton aide's laptop

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UPDATE: 7:02 p.m. EST

Federal investigators have obtained a warrant needed to access and review emails found on a laptop used by Hillary Clinton's former aide, Huma Abedin, and her estranged husband, former Congressman Anthony Weiner.

UPDATE 2:00 p.m. EST 

CNN reports the Justice Department and FBI are seeking approval to get a search warrant allowing them to investigate Abedin's emails fully.

This may get legally tricky since the computer technically belongs to Weiner, and Abedin's involvement may provoke legal complications. The existing search warrant only covered the Weiner investigation, and the Clinton emails are not part of that investigation. 

Original story:

FBI agents investigating Hillary Clinton's use of a private emails server knew early in October that messages found while investigating Anthony Weiner may be related to the case. They didn't tell FBI director James Comey for weeks, The Washington Post reports, citing anonymous sources. Comey wrote that he was informed on Thursday, telling Congress the next day the FBI should be allowed to review the emails. 

It's not clear why the FBI agents did not tell Comey sooner, as the reveal of the new emails just days before the election could have had profound political effects. (This may be less likely than previously thought, as a Washington Post-ABC News poll reports more than six in 10 voters said the FBI's announcement did not affect their voting decision.)

Comey wrote in his letter to Congress that the FBI didn't know how significant the recently discovered emails were, and officials have said they haven't reviewed them since that would require a warrant. 

FILE - In this Oct., 16, 2015 file photo, Huma Abedin, a longtime aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaks to the media after testifying at a closed-door hearing of the House Benghazi Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
FILE - In this Oct., 16, 2015 file photo, Huma Abedin, a longtime aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaks to the media after testifying at a closed-door hearing of the House Benghazi Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Officials have said there are thousands of emails that include correspondence between Clinton aide Huma Abedin and Clinton. Abedin has said she's not sure how the emails ended up on a computer that she considered her husband's. 

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