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FILE - In this July 24, 2013 file photo, former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner leaves his apartment building in New York. The FBI informed Congress on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, it is investigating whether there is classified information in new emails that have emerged in its probe of Hillary Clinton's private server. A U.S. official told The Associated Press the newly discovered emails emerged through the FBI’s separate sexting probe of former congressman Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of close Clinton confidant Huma Abedin. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

The Anthony Weiner warrant that reopened the Clinton email investigation goes public


A federal court in New York released  the search warrant that gave the FBI the ability to look into a fresh batch of Hillary Clinton emails days before the presidential election.

The Washington Post shared the warrant for former Rep. Anthony Weiner's computer, which stated that the device was "never authorized for the storage or transmission of classified or national defense information.”  

Previously withheld

The previously sealed warrant is part of an investigation into relationship between Weiner, the estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, and a North Carolina teenager.

While investigating, the FBI discovered information on emails pointing to correspondence to and from Clinton, the papers say. Given the findings of the earlier probe, "there is also probable cause to believe that the correspondence ... contains classified information which was produced by and is owned by the U.S. government," they say.

The context

U.S. District Judge P. Kevin Castel said the public had a right to see the warrant, but parts would be blacked out to protect the identities of agents.

The discovery of the emails prompted FBI Director James Comey to reopen an investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server. Ultimately, no new evidence of wrongdoing was found. Some Clinton supporters say Comey's announcement may have turned away potential voters in crucial swing states.

Abedin said she never received a copy of the warrant against her then-husband.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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