UPDATE: 6:55 p.m. EDT — The FBI Sunday obtained a warrant to review emails found on disgraced Congressman Anthony Weiner’s computer to determine whether they are pertinent to the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server, the Hill reported.
The computer was shared with long-time Clinton aide Huma Abedin, Weiner’s ex-wife.
The Wall Street Journal said there are 650,000 emails on the computer, possibly thousands of which involved the Clinton server.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said FBI Director James Comey may have violated federal law in revealing the investigation. Reid said in a letter to Comey he may have violated the Hatch act, which prohibits government officials from using their positions to influence elections.
Attorneys for long-time Clinton aide Huma Abedin are in talks with federal investigators to allow the FBI to search her newly discovered emails, CNN reported Sunday.
Quoting sources familiar with the investigation, CNN said authorities had yet to secure a search warrant to search the thousands of emails on a computer Abedin shared with estranged disgraced New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, who is under federal investigation for allegedly sexting an underage North Carolina girl.
FBI Director James Comey informed Congress Friday FBI agents investigating Weiner had stumbled across emails involving the private email server belonging to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Clinton was earlier investigated for using that server to conduct State Department business while she served as secretary of state. No charges were brought as a result of the earlier investigation.
The FBI said it does not yet know whether the emails are duplicates of those already reviewed as part of the earlier inquiry or whether any contained classified material. Also unclear is whether any of the emails are among those deleted from the Clinton server before the FBI took possession. Clinton has maintained the deleted emails were personal, many dealing with daughter Chelsea’s wedding.
Clinton opponent Republican Donald Trump seized on the latest controversy, calling it “bigger than Watergate” despite a lack of much information.
Comey’s letter to Congress, which broke with Justice Department precedent, contained few details but did say investigators “cannot yet assess whether the material may or may not be significant.” Also unclear is whether any of the emails were addressed to or from Clinton.
Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta told CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday Comey’s letter was “long on innuendo [and] short on facts.” He said Comey should have read the email before making the disclosure to determine whether they are significant.
"He might have taken the first step of actually having looked at them before he did this in the middle of a presidential campaign, so close to the voting," Podesta said. "This is something that has been tossed into the middle of the campaign. We would have preferred that that not happen, but now that it has happened, we would prefer that Mr. Comey come forward and explain why he took that unprecedented step."
Trump running mate Mike Pence praised Comey’s action on “Fox News Sunday,” saying it points up the risk Americans would be taking if they elect Clinton.