FBI Turns Over 7,000 New Documents From Weiner’s Computer to State Department

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The FBI has turned over 7,000 new documents from former Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner's laptop to the State Department.

The disclosure is part of the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch's lawsuit in relation to the Hillary Clinton private email investigation, Fox News reported Thursday.

Judicial Watch and State Department representatives appeared in federal court in Washington, D.C., on Thursday over the group's Freedom of Information Act suit seeking Clinton emails from her tenure at the State Department.

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It emerged during the hearing that the 7,000 new documents were turned over. The trove is expected to contain some emails sent by Weiner's estranged wife, Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton told Fox News after the hearing that they expect to begin receiving those documents in three months, once the State Department determines whether the Weiner documents are government or personal records.

In November, the State Department was ordered to turn over 500 pages of Clinton-related documents a month to Judicial Watch. Fitton expressed dissatisfaction to Fox News about the speed of the process. He guessed that with the 7,000 new documents being added to the pile, Judicial Watch does not expect to get Weiner laptop documents in full for at least a year.

Judicial Watch is seeking the Weiner emails to investigate whether Abedin shared "sensitive government information on another non-government device," Fox News reported.

Weiner's computer wound up playing a late role in the 2016 presidential election. Then-FBI Director James Comey's announcement that the investigation into Clinton's email server use was being re-opened came about through a separate investigation into Weiner's sexting with an underage girl.

Comey testified to lawmakers in May that federal investigators found thousands of Clinton emails, some of which contained classified information, forwarded to Weiner's computer by Abedin. Press reports later said that Comey overstated the number of emails that were forwarded to Weiner's laptop.

Weiner later entered a guilty plea in the sexting case.