Update to the update…(at some point I will just start a new post)…The Justice Department has obtained a warrant that will allow it to begin searching the computer that is believed to contain thousands of newly-discovered emails of top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, two law enforcement sources confirmed to CNN.
I need to update this post with what we now know from the news mid-afternoon—Justice Department officials have not yet approached lawyers for Clinton’s top aide.
So let me set the stage as to what is happening now when it comes to the mess created by Hillary Clinton not using a secure government server during her time as Secretary of State. If I sound bitchy it is because that is how every Democrat should feel this morning.
Nine days to go to the election and because the Clintons feel there are two sets of rules in the world we now face down-ballot concerns due to her obvious short-sightedness with the server. While I think the path to 270 electoral votes are lock solid for Clinton and I remain a stuanch supporter, the harm this news in the final week will do to some senate and congressional candidates can not be overstated.
Having said that I also want to place huge question marks over the action of the FBI who traditionally do not make waves 60 days prior to an election so not to politicize the process of law enforcement. As of Saturday night the FBI had still not gotten approval from the Justice Department for a warrant that would allow them to read any of the newly discovered Abedin emails. In the end the emails may be such that the FBI has already seen them and not found them to be worthy of a finding of criminal conduct, or they may not even be relevant to the FBI investigation at all. No one simply knows.
If the FBI has not even obtained permission to look at these emails, that means that Director Comey sent his letter without at all knowing what’s in them. What we do know is that top Justice Department officials were described as ‘apoplectic’ over the letter sent to Congress Friday by FBI Director Comey. It was without precedent.
But one needs to state again none of this would he happening if Clinton had conducted herself more appropriately regarding the server when she was Secretary.
This morning we know the Justice Department and the FBI are in discussions with lawyers for Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin to secure approval that would allow the FBI to conduct a full search of her newly discovered emails. We also know there are thousands of emails on the computer. Why this new search warrant is needed is because the existing authorization, covered by a subpoena, related only to the ongoing investigation of Weiner, who is accused of having sexually explicit communications with an underage girl.
And so it goes.