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How Many New Clinton Emails Did the FBI Find?

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How many new Clinton emails were found? (Getty)

On Friday, the FBI announced that new emails relevant to Hillary Clinton’s server investigation had been discovered during a separate investigation into Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandal. Exactly how many emails were found? Rumors range from three to thousands.

Here’s what we know so far.

According to The New York Times, one federal official said that “thousands” of new emails were uncovered related to the Clinton server case. A New York Times reporter later verified this on Twitter, sharing that there were “tens of thousands” of emails to go through:

The emails were found on electronic devices that Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin shared.  (The Washington Post reported that the emails were found on a computer seized from Weiner.) James Comey, FBI Director, announced the finding in a letter to Congress, saying they appeared “pertinent to the investigation.” The FBI is taking steps to determine if these emails contain classified information and how relevant they are to the investigation.

Incorrect rumors had been circulating earlier in the day that there were only three emails found. Kurt Eichenwald of Vanity Fair shared several tweets about the rumor, including this one:

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This was completely different from The New York Times’ source, who said there were potentially thousands of new emails. Eichenwald later corrected his tweet to say the number ‘three” was wrong:

Interestingly, in the original investigation into Clinton’s email server, there were three emails marked “c” that did not have a header, which Comey talked about on July 7 to the House Oversight Committee. It’s possible that “three email” rumor originated from this story and was getting mixed up with today’s information. At this point, the exact number of new emails found through Weiner’s investigation hasn’t been announced, but one source said it was potentially in the thousands. We’ll update this story when we have more details.

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  1. Trump was “trumpeting” that the FBI found 650,000 emails on a laptop that Abedin shared with Weiner, and that these were allegedly all between Abedin and Clinton. First of all, who saves 650,000 emails (about 10GB worth of data) on their computer over a 4 year period? Because if you do the math, which Trump is obviously incapable of, that’s more than 5,000 emails a DAY, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. How is it possible to receive that many emails per day, let alone send them? Trump and his cronies need to do some simple research – wait, sorry, I forgot – Trump makes things up as he goes. How pitiful that he and the others that came up with that ridiculous number of emails – regardless of their alleged content – without first determining whether or not it was even possible to generate that many. Even if it was half that many or they were sent/received over 8 years, it’s still over 2500 a day. Nobody does that!

    • Pat Triot, not that it matters now, but for the record you are incapable of doing the math too. Redo the math, and do it with real math this time, and then you’ll see how silly the rest of your comment is. I guess it’s easier for you to blast Trump than to figure out simple math by yourself. There are lots of reasons to knock Trump, but everything you said regarding 650,000 emails isn’t one of them.

      It’s also interesting to imagine the FBI reviewing 100 emails a minute constantly for 12 hours a day (which is what Comey said they were doing) for the last 9 days.

      • Not a problem at all. Enter key words or phrases that would indicate “sensitive” to “classified” information and scan each email. Simple. It’s been around for a long time.