If the 4th Amendment was violated, we deserve to know.
A federal judge directed the U.S. government Tuesday to show him any search warrant application used to gain access to a new batch of Hillary Clinton's emails just before the election.
Judge P. Kevin Castel asked a government lawyer to turn over any pertinent documents by late Thursday in case he decides any portion of the materials must be made public. He also recommended the government advise what redactions are necessary should he rule that portions of documents must be disclosed publicly.
E. Randol Schoenberg, a Los Angeles-based lawyer who specializes in recovering works of art stolen by the Nazis, sued to obtain any search warrant and related papers used by the FBI to obtain the emails from a computer belonging to Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of Huma Abedin, one of Clinton's top aides. Schoenberg's lawsuit followed a Freedom of Information Act request for the documents.
Weiner, a Democrat, resigned his seat in Congress after sexually explicit texts and social media posts to various women. He is under investigation by federal authorities for online communications he had with a 15-year-old girl.
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Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Step Two: Federal Judge Requests Warrant
Last week, E. Randol Schoenberg filed suit to see the warrant to examine Anthony Weiner's laptop for Hillary Clinton's emails. Now a federal judge has responded to that request and is requesting the warrant.
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We are in uncharted waters. If there was a violation of the 4th Amendment compounded with a violation of the Hatch Act, what are the implications for the legitimacy of this election?