Hillary Clinton’s allies blasted the FBI after court filings were unsealed showing more details about the bureau’s basis for renewing its probe into Clinton’s private email setup and roiling the presidential race shortly before Election Day, Politico reports. Clinton’s camp says the FBI had remarkably little evidence to go on when it sought a search warrant on Oct. 30 to look for classified emails on a Dell laptop belonging to Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of Clinton aide Huma Abedin. The FBI says it discovered Clinton-related emails on the computer after seizing it during a probe over Weiner’s alleged sexually explicit online exchanges with a minor.
The FBI said in an affidavit that the laptop was likely to contain evidence of illegal possession of classified information, apparently by Weiner or Abedin, although neither has been charged. Clinton lawyer David Kendall said the FBI affidavit release “highlights the extraordinary impropriety of [FBI] Director [James] Comey’s October 28 letter … which produced devastating but predictable damage politically and which was both legally unauthorized and factually unnecessary.” Said ex-Clinton aide Brian Fallon, “It is salt in the wound to see (the) FBI rationale was this flimsy.” Randol Schoenberg, a California lawyer who went to court to get the records unsealed, said, “This was a whole lot of nothing. I was shocked. When they said they got a search warrant, I expected there to be more than nothing. No evidence at all they would find any evidence of a crime … There was no indication they would find anything, and they didn’t find anything.”