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How did the FBI find new emails tied to its Hillary Clinton investigation? Two words: Anthony Weiner

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By Hanna Kozlowska
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

It turns out that emails newly uncovered by the FBI related to its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of her private server have nothing to do with Wikileaks or Russia, but a bogeyman that is much closer to home for the presidential candidate: notorious sexter and fallen star of the Democratic party Anthony Weiner.

Earlier today, FBI director James Comey told lawmakers that his agency was looking into new emails tied to its closed investigation of Clinton’s emails. His cryptic letter offered no details, and sources cited by NBC and CNN were quick to deny that the emails were connected to Russian hacking or the many thousands of private emails connected to Clinton and published by Wikileaks. Soon after, The New York Times reported that the discovery comes after the FBI seized the cellphones of Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin and Weiner, her estranged husband, whose ascendant political career was destroyed by multiple sexting scandals.

According to The Times, the FBI seized Weiner’s cellphone to investigate his text messages to a 15-year-old girl. Abedin announced in August she is splitting from Weiner, a former Congressman and one-time New York mayoral hopeful.

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