Why The DOJ Is Having Trouble Accessing The Thousands Of Huma Abedin Emails Discovered "Weeks Ago"

Tyler Durden's picture

What has made Friday's political fiasco - which started with the FBI's announcement it has reopened its probe into Hillary's emails - especially chaotic is that, at least officially, few official institutions have had access to the Abedin emails that are at the center of the new probe for various legal reasons as described below, and is the reason why the Clinton Campaign has been so forceful in demanding that the FBI provide additional information into what is contained among the "tens of thousands of emails" found on Anthony Weiner's notebook, which as the NYT reported was seized on October 3.

Federal authorities had seized four devices from Abedin and her estranged husband Weiner, including a laptop the former congressman used to send the sexual messages to the fifteen-year old girl. According to The New York Post, agents did not read the e-mails seized, because their warrant only covered Weiner’s messages.

This also means that FBI agents knew early this month about the new emails that the agency now says are "pertinent" to the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private server, but did not brief FBI Director James Comey until late last week. Comey was reportedly told about the new messages on Thursday, The Washington Post reported.

The FBI director said the team should "take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails." The Washington Post reported that it is not clear why the FBI agents waited to brief Comey after discovering in early October the emails in question on a computer it seized in connection with a separate investigation.

The Clinton campaign responded to the news with campaign spokesman Brian Fallon tweeting, “In other words: Comey officially does not know what he is talking about.”

It also explains why as CNN noted moments ago, Justice Department and FBI officials are working to secure approval that would allow the FBI to conduct a full search of Huma Abedin's newly discovered emails, sources.  Government lawyers haven't yet approached Abedin's lawyers to seek an agreement to conduct the search. Sources earlier told CNN that those discussions had begun, but the law enforcement officials now say they have not.

According to CNN sources, government lawyers plan to seek a search warrant from a judge to conduct the search of the computer.  But what makes the issue especially complicated, is that the computer is considered to belong to Anthony Weiner, her estranged husband, and the case may raise spousal privilege legal protections for Abedin. Government lawyers hope to secure the warrant to permit investigators to review the thousands of emails.

The new search warrant is needed 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.

As previously report, investigators from the FBI's New York field office who are conducting the Weiner investigation stumbled on the Abedin emails while they were reviewing emails and other communications on the computer, which was considered to belong to Weiner. They stopped their work and called in the team of investigators from FBI headquarters who conducted the probe of Clinton's private email server. The investigators saw enough of the emails to determine that they appeared pertinent to the previously completed investigation and that they may be emails not previously reviewed.

And because they don't have a warrant specific to Abedin's emails, officials have not been able to further examine them. Justice Department and FBI officials view Abedin as cooperative with the investigation.

CNN adds, hopefully, that many of the emails are duplicates of emails they already have reviewed as part of the Clinton email server investigation and whether any of them may contain classified information. Investigators believe it's likely the newly recovered trove will include emails that were deleted from the Clinton server before the FBI took possession of it as part of that earlier investigation.

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But where things get interesting, is that as Daily Caller noted today, while the DOJ has yet to allow the FBI access through a warrant to any of the newly discovered Huma Abedin emails, that may not mean other law enforcement agencies in communication with the FBI did not have access to the new material.

The DC speculates that the New York Police Department, along with the New York U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York, led by Preet Bharara, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of North Carolina, may have all very well seen the emails in question when the NYPD’s Special Victims Unit first launched their own investigation into Weiner and his sexually explicit messaging to the teenage girl.

Furthermore, as reported earlier, Anthony Weiner is said to be cooperating with the FBI probe, and as Fox News Channel’s Brett Baier reported, no warrant was necessary for the FBI to search the laptop co-owned by him and Abedin, as Weiner has given permission to the agency to search the device.

Additionally, the U.S. Attorneys offices and local law enforcement have access to the FBI laboratory to conduct “scientific examinations of evidence for any federal, state, and/or local law enforcement organization in the United States.”

Ultimately, the question may be not what is in the emails, but who is creating the bottlenecks, and why, and also just how many emails will the FBI have to go pour through seeking potential criminality on Hillary's behalf before the election. On the other hand, as defenders of Hillary will allege...

... why - if the Abedin emails were found weeks ago - did the FBI wait just days before the election before the information was released.

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Looney's picture


Is Anthony Weiner gonna get suicycled?   ;-)


BlindMonkey's picture

I don't think there is a doubt that is coming.

jcaz's picture

Clearly, Bill has been busy making phone calls.....

Too bad Hillary killed Huma about 12 hours ago...

DeadFred's picture

Her body is in the frezer next to Julian's. How long has it been since we've had real proof Assange is still alive?

38BWD22's picture



I really, really hope that the Klintons do not slither away from this one, as they have from all the other sleazy things they have from in the past...

Ugh if they become our Grifters in Chief (from Kimberley Strassel I believe).


Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) 38BWD22 Oct 30, 2016 2:45 PM

Dems: You have to vote for her to find out whats in the emails.

DontGive's picture

There's no there there. Spousal privilege.

Heavy's picture

I'm guessing they'll get around Spouce privilege because she stated under oath to have turned over all related devices, perjury, then the doors open to everything else...I think?  Or they would...if they werent corrupt as shit

Fed Supporter's picture

There should be no spousal priviledge.  Huma as Hillary's assisant checked Hillary's emails and forwarded them to her own account.  The emails are Hillarys. 

You are correct they are Dept of State property.

JRobby's picture

Deliberately complicated scenario.

Aren't we wondering why?

Should be

Fed Supporter's picture

Who knows what is true any more.  Believe only half of what you see and nothing that your hear.

johngaltfla's picture

Why? Because Obama doesn't want Hitlery humiliated until after she's won the election so his record looks saint like in comparison. Loretta Lynchwhitey as AG has a decision to make and if Clinton pays her enough we all know what that will be.

Muppet's picture

Emails reside on email servers, not peoples own computer and a laptop can't hold 650k.  Somethings very fishy with the facts here.  

neidermeyer's picture

My laptop has a 500gb drive and it's not unusual... 650k emails.. NO PROBLEM..  It has been stated that her email client was setup to mirror the mail locally,, pretty common thing to do especially if you're on the go and unable to reliably connect to a network.. no mystery at all.

Itinerant's picture

Well, there is a PROBLEM pouring over 650K emails. Can nobody spell anymore? It's PORING.
Pouring over the emails is what you do with bit bleach.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) DeadFred Oct 30, 2016 2:47 PM

Oct 15th when Pam Anderson showed up.

Assange' pet 'The Embassy Cat' has a twitter, last post Oct 15.

Pigeon's picture

Anthony....Anthony....calm down. Do you think I'd do anything to the father of my lover's children. No.....Here, have a drink.  I'm sending you to Las Vegas. Here are your plane tickets. Now go get into the car. Clemenza and a couple guys are going to take you to the airport.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Pigeon Oct 30, 2016 2:50 PM

And that is exactly what they are.

Hillary The Donna, why she hates The Donald.

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

Why they didn't destroy all his computers and him long ago is beyond me. He obviously was a threat by being a pathetic idiot with no self control. They are slipping in their old age.

Pride goeth before a fall and a moron with a match could potentially be their downfall. Too funny. God has a definite sense of humor.


DeadFred's picture

Once the web of lies and corruption passes a certain level it becomes virtually ompossible to tie up ALL the loose ends.

Fed Supporter's picture

I believe some one said jokingly the other day that Hillarys DOS emails that were on Weiners computer were in a file name "Life Insurance".  Huma must of forget about them.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Miffed Microbiologist Oct 30, 2016 2:45 PM


Debt-Is-Not-Money's picture

Klinton Kriminal Kartel

The new KKK!

Nobody For President's picture

Always like your stuff, Miffed, but the 'God has a definite sense of humor' is really good this Sunday, maybe because I just got back from Buddhist sitting and have to break out the chainsaw and take care of a tree across the road, in the rain and the mud...

Homesteading just SOUNDS romantic. It is a fuck of a lot of work, not all of it planned or desired, but necessary.

I love it, but it ain't fer everbody.

Have a good Sunday, Miffed.

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

How interesting. I'm at work and was contemplating going up to the Self Realization Hermitage afterwards to get some balance and peace. Sometimes I need to get off the turbulent roller coaster and sit in stillness. Such a beautiful area there. But, there are many farm chores waiting at home and it would be most inconsiderate of me to leave it all for Mr Miffed. So I decided to postpone peace for awhile.

Maybe I can find a little respite cleaning out the hen house, tending my garlic plot and unloading feed. There is beauty and calm working the land, though your exploits do sound far more taxing!


Nobody For President's picture

After sitting, the teacher, Ursala Jurand, talks for about 15 minutes in the Hondo.

Today, she started with a quote from Obaku and riffed.

The quote, "Wherever you set your foot down is the sanctuary of enlightenment."

So you don't have to sit on the cushion for your balance and peace, or postpone peace for awhile.

It is right there, cleaning out the hen house, tending your garlic plot, unloading the feed.

Right there is your peace

Right there is your balance.

Just as with my chain saw in the rain and the mud.

All you have to do is pay attention.

Peace and balance to you, Miffed.

Ex-Oligarch's picture

God has a sense of humor, Weiner has the goods and a dead man's switch.

Freddie's picture

Another web site has a post saying that Huma was running Microsoft Outlook.  She would print out from Weiner's laptop.  As soon as she used his laptop - Outlook synched all her emails on his machine. So Weiner's machine has all of Huma's emails.

The 650,000 emails means nothing will probably be done for months.   My guess is Comey acted because Wikileaks has very big bombs coming this week.

WillyGroper's picture

omg, between podesta getting phished & mso sync, i can't quit laff'n!  ;D

SDShack's picture

I've been saying this since Friday. This is to protect 0zer0. The "deleted" 33k emails have always been known, probably by the NSA, CIA, and FBI. Everything has been done to cover this up and keep the lid on. Comey being told to stand down in July, the FBI issuing immunity, the FBI destroying hard drives and laptops, etc. They were doing everything to protect 0zer0 as much as Hitlery, as well as the entire corrupt Washington Power Structure of both dumbrats and repukes. What has changed in the last 48 hours is something has scared 0zer0 shitless about this all getting out, so that is why the decision was made to sacrifice Hitlery now. These are sociopaths turning on each other which is a major tell that the end of the game is at hand. This Rogue Comey theme was a manufactured headfake by 0zer0, Jarret and Lynch so they can play "Good Cop" to Comey's "Bad Cop" and it's worked to perfection. It's now Hitlery vs Comey in a Thunderdome Cage Match, with the realization that this might just result in Trump running Bartertown. Think about that. This email shit has to be so damaging that 0zer0 is willing to elect Trump to keep this all quiet. This has gone way beyond politics and is reaching seriously dangerous proportions for certain individuals of power.

Jeffersonian Liberal's picture

I was wondering the same thing. It could be that the ousted Carlos Danger (who loves to be in the public eye) claimed to the Clinton Crime Syndicate that he destroyed everything but really kept his device as a "get out of Arkancide free card" and that the Clinton Crime Syndicate ensured that the two Dangers did not actually separate and divorce so that they could claim that, as husband and wife, they loved each other deeply and simply couldn't hand over evidence or testify against the other if it could hurt them.

I know that's pretty thin, but the Clinton Crime Syndicate has skated on ice even thinner than that.

Unfortunately, what the Clinton Crime Syndicate did not count on was Carlos Danger "corrupting a minor" and being brought before a federal investigation that would confiscate ALL of his devices, one of which contained all his saved emails from Huma, which had many emails from the Clinton Crime Syndicate's money-laundering system known as the Clinton Foundation.

gregga777's picture

Hillary is going to personally Arkancide him like she Arkancided Vince Foster.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) gregga777 Oct 30, 2016 2:52 PM

Weiner has made a deal with the FBI, he is going to sell them all out.

Won't be seeing him anymore, witness protection program.

jcaz's picture

Yep- he'll turn up as the new coach for the girl's 7th grade volleyball team somewhere in Indiana......

LadiesLoveCoolJames's picture

Wearing super short, super tight 80's style coaches shorts.

neidermeyer's picture

I was going to say the same with one minor change ,, Maryland ... the FREAK state...

DuneCreature's picture

The FBI Lawyers are blowing smoke up everyone's ass.

They have had all the Emails involved for weeks and weeks as soon as the NSA shot them all over to them.

This is smoke and mirrors, people.

               *****    NOTICE OF FOUL PLAY    *******

The FBI will NEVER Find ANYTHING to prosecute HRC over  ........ NOTHING.


M O N E Y --------- Lot's of money. ...... Mountains of money.

HSBC Busted <<<<<<< Short Story

FBI Director James Comey was on the board of HSBC Bank

HSBC Whistleblower - John Cruz     <<<<  Lots and Lots of Details

The Bad Guys Are Here     <<<<<<<<<< They steal elections too.

Is anyone out there paying attention?

I know this is a tough situation to address when The Cops Are The Crooks but the first step is to raise a HUGE ** Hue and Cry ** about it to everyone you know.

Subpoenas? ....The FBI don't need on stinkin' subpoenas, you dumbasses.

Comey? .... Hero? ....... In some retarded parallel universe maybe.


Live Hard, Don't Let The Retards Run The Planet Earth Even When It Is Set On 'Automatic', Die Free

~ DC v3.0

WillyGroper's picture

absolutely diversions...BUT, wiki isn't thru yet.

DuneCreature's picture

Oh no, I'm just saying the FBI lawyers are 'team players' and they ain't on our (We The People) team in any way, shape or form.

The lawyers are stalling for all they are worth..... Both for Killary and Comey.

GO WikiLeaks! ... GO WikiLeaks! ... More, more more!

Live Hard, She Cried Out Loud, Die Free

~ DC v3.0

Jeffersonian Liberal's picture

If so, why do this at all?

It only hurts Hillary when the polls were already tightening.

If Comey and all the "smoke-blowers" really were behind Hitlery, they would never have reopened the investigation and announced it formally to congress.

No, I suspect that the emails prove demonstrably that there was "intent" and that if Comey did NOT pursue an investigation, he would be brought up on charges and that his underlings promised to hang him out to dry if it came to that.

DuneCreature's picture

The goal here is to stall the investigation until after the election.

A good pair of investigators could bring charges in 24 hours or drag it out for 24 months.

Emails lead to money trails and that busts Comey too.

Killary MUST make it into office, die or Trump will lock her up and then Comey comes next. (A bunch go down with Killary maybe even Obammie)

Think the FBI lawyers will blow lots of smoke and stall?

Live Hard, Killary Can Not Be Indicted And Can Not Lose OR ELSE! (She could however die and fix the problem) Die Free

~ DC v3.0


Christopher Kringle's picture

If so, why do this at all?

One reason put forth months ago is that the powers that be gave Hillary a substantial lead in polls for the last weeks.  It was said that they will pare that lead down to something that is tiny, so when she squeaks out narrow victories in swing states through voting fraud, it will seem plausible.  That makes this circus seem all that more logical.

Exit polls will be critical to catch this.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

A pissed Wiener could shlong Huma and the Clintons, by saying that Confidential and Classified email from Hillary was compromised, by ending up on his laptop.

National Security was thus compromised, and the FBI has the right to know.

Failing this, the FBI can and should SUSPEND HER SECURITY CLEARANCE, pending the investigation.

Check Mate!