The Wall Street Journal: Potentially relevant Clinton emails could be found by Election Day

Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which has revived its probe of Hillary Clinton’s email use, are faced with the task of sifting through 650,000 emails.

While that may sound like a monumental challenge, finding key excerpts buried in vast volumes of electronic data is now a routine aspect of many investigations. Entire industries have evolved around helping lawyers and investigators mine massive numbers of documents.

Clinton, Trump Address FBI Email Inquiry

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Presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump addressed the FBI’s new email inquiry on Monday.

With the help of sophisticated technology, the most relevant of the trove of 650,000 emails could likely be pinpointed by Election Day, experts say. The emails were found on a laptop that the FBI believes was used by former Rep. Anthony Weiner and his estranged wife Huma Abedin, a close aide of Democratic nominee Clinton.

But a thorough analysis of those emails would take longer, leading experts to conclude that the outcome of the new probe won’t be known until after votes have been cast. “These kinds of cases by their very nature are painstaking and involve layers of complexity beyond run-of-the-mill investigations,” said Paul Pelletier, a former Justice Department official now in private practice.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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