NEW YORK — A Federal court in New York is scheduled to release redacted copies Dec. 20 of the search warrant and other documents that gave the FBI new license to dig into a trove of Hillary Clinton emails days before the Presidential election.
The emails were found on a computer belonging to former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, as part of an investigation into an online relationship between the disgraced New York Congressman and a teenage girl in North Carolina.
U.S. District Judge P. Kevin Castel ruled that the public had a right to see the search warrant application and supporting court paperwork, but said portions would be blacked out to protect the identity of the investigating agents.
The judge also ordered the redaction of sections of the court paperwork related to the ongoing investigation into Weiner’s online correspondence.
The discovery of the emails prompted FBI Director James Comey to briefly reopen an investigation that he had closed over the summer into Clinton’s use of a private computer server to handle emails she sent and received as secretary of state.
After getting court consent to delve into the newly discovered emails on Oct. 30, agents spent several days analyzing them before Comey announced that they contained no new evidence of any wrongdoing by Clinton.
Weiner, a Democrat, resigned from Congress after public revelations that he had sent sexually explicit texts and social media posts to various women.
He tried to revive his career two years later by running for New York City Mayor, but his campaign fell apart when new sexting allegations arose.