WASHINGTON D.C. (CNN) -- The Justice Department and the FBI are in discussions with lawyers for Hillary Clinton's close aide Huma Abedin to secure approval that would allow the FBI to conduct a full search of her newly discovered emails, sources familiar with the discussions told CNN. Authorities have not yet sought a search warrant for the emails, law enforcement sources told CNN. Government lawyers hope to secure a search warrant to permit investigators to review thousands of emails on a computer that Abedin shared with her estranged husband, Anthony Weiner, officials said.
Meanwhile, Former Assistant Director of the FBI Thomas Fuentes confirmed on CNN Saturday that the bureau has an "intensive investigation ongoing" into possible pay-to-play schemes within the Clinton Foundation. Fuentes says the revelation of tens of thousands of emails belonging to Hillary Clinton’s close aide Huma Abedin and discovered on a personal laptop owned by her estranged husband Anthony Weiner was significant. The discovery was brought to the attention of the team that had been tasked with investigating Clinton's use of a private email server. The former FBI director said former co-workers and sources within the bureau told him that the emails had become a nexus between the three investigations.
FBI director James Comey dropped the email bombshell on Friday after an investigative team discovered the emails while looking into Weiner for allegedly sexting with a young girl. In a letter sent to a bi-partisan congressional committee that was set up to investigate Hillary Clinton's possible violations of the 1917 Espionage Act. Loretta Lynch, Comey's boss and political appointee under President Barack Obama, tried to block the release of the letter to the congressional committee according to reports.
The Clinton campaign has called for the FBI to release all information it has on the email however releasing such documents will not be possible if they contain classified information.
Meanwhile, races in battleground states were already beginning to tighten before the FBI announced it was investigating these new emails. Polls show Donald Trump leading Clinton in the key swing states of Ohio and Florida and just outside the margin of error in Pennsylvania.