Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Judge orders release of FBI search warrant into Huma Abedin emails

Via Billy

FILE - In this July 3, 2015, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, left, and her personal aide Huma Abedin approach a window to buy ice cream at Dairy Twirl in Lebanon, N.H. The State Department has agreed to review 29,000 pages of emails from Abedin from their days at the State Department for possible public release under a new legal agreement with a conservative legal group. But many of the emails from Abedin would not be publicly released until six months after the election. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, file)

A federal judge on Monday ordered the administration to release the search warrant that the FBI used to probe Huma Abedin’s emails in the waning days of the presidential election — a move that Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s team is blaming for her loss.

Judge P Kevin Castel said the warrant and the accompanying affidavit will be released by the court at noon on Tuesday.

He also allowed the Justice Department to shield the names of the FBI agents who were involved in the probe, and ordered that names of two people who haven’t been charged with any crimes but who appear in the documents also be shielded.

But he said the public’s right to know about the details of the FBI’s election-season probe overcome Mrs. Clinton’s own privacy rights.

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