The FBI told a federal court it needed a search warrant to look at
thousands of Hillary Clinton's emails on the laptop of former U.S. Rep.
Anthony Weiner because they had the potential to cause "grave damage to
national security" if disclosed, according to court documents made
The wording was contained in a redacted search warrant and other court
papers that were previously under seal in the investigation of an online
relationship between Weiner, the estranged husband of top Clinton aide
Huma Abedin, and a teenage girl in North Carolina. The papers offered no
new revelations about Clinton's emails or the scope of a case that
factored into the presidential election.
A sworn statement dated Oct. 30 from an FBI agent whose name was blacked
out cited a previous inquiry into Clinton's personal computer server
that found 22 emails classified "Top Secret." The classification "is
significant because it means that the unauthorized disclosure of those
emails could result in exceptionally grave damage to national security,"
the agent wrote.