USA judge orders release of papers on Hillary emails

It was later revealed that the move came due to emails discovered on the computer of Anthony Weiner, the disgraced politician and estranged husband of Huma Abedin, Clinton's top aide.

As the Forward reported last week, Schoenberg's interest in unsealing the search warrant and the application filed to obtain it stemmed from suspicions that the Federal Bureau of Investigation may not have established probable cause to search Weiner's laptop, as required under the Fourth Amendment.

'Because it has been determined by relevant original classification authorities that many emails were exchanged between [Abedin] using [redacted] and/or [redacted] accounts, and Clinton that contained classified information, there is also probable cause to believe that correspondence between them located on the Subject Laptop contains classified information, ' continued the request.

FBI Director James Comey shook up the presidential race 11 days before the election by telling Congress the agency had discovered new evidence in its previously closed investigation into the email habits of Clinton, who was significantly ahead in the polls at the time. Two days before the election, Comey had sent another letter saying that the evidence had not affected the FBI's initial conclusion that exonerated Hillary Clinton from prosecution. But the damage to Clinton's campaign, coming in the last stretch of the election, may still be incalculable.

The legal experts' argument against the validity of the subpoena boils down to this: The FBI had already publicly announced that it could not prove Clinton meant to disclose classified information.

Several former attorneys general and almost 100 former prosecutors were among those who voiced outrage when Comey notified Congress about the Clinton investigation on October 30. The papers offered no new revelations about Clinton's emails or the scope of a case that factored into the presidential election.

The warrant was unsealed after E. Random Schoenberg sued to unseal the search warrant.

The FBI was already in possession of the laptop because of its investigation into Weiner, the former US congressman who reportedly sexted with an underage girl. Comey, a few days before November 8, said there would be no new charges against Clinton following the probe.

After Comey announced the reexamination, some Democrats stated their belief that the FBI director may have violated the Hatch Act - a federal law that bars employees of the federal government from influencing an election. "The FBI should not have sought it, and the Magistrate Judge should not have granted it", he said.

Twenty-one pages pertaining to the warrant and related documents were released. "Trump administration must look into this".

"The search warrant, the application for the search warrant, the affidavit in support of the application for the search warrant, and the search warrant return will be unsealed and posted on the Court's electronic case filing system", Castel said in the order.