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The FBI will investigate some 650,000 emails found on disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner's laptop that may be relevant to a probe into Hillary Clinton's private email server, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday night.

The Journal report cited sources familiar with the investigation to say that metadata within the messages suggests thousands could have been sent to or from Clinton's private email server.

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The messages were uncovered after investigators seized devices allegedly used by Weiner, the estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, to exchange sexually explicit texts with underage girls.

The Clinton email server investigation was completed in July, with FBI Director James Comey recommending no criminal charges against Clinton for her use of the server while she was secretary of state. But in a vague letter addressed to congressional leaders released on Friday, Comey announced the discovery of more emails "that appear to be pertinent" to the Clinton investigation.

The bureau came under fire over the weekend after a Washington Post report revealed that agents had known about the emails since early October, but chose not to tell Comey about them until fewer than two weeks before the presidential election.

Developments over the weekend, meanwhile, have laid bare internal strife both within the FBI itself and between the FBI and Justice Department in multiple inquiries involving Clinton.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a news conference at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. The FBI dropped what amounts to a political bomb on the Clinton campaign on Friday when it announced it was investigating whether new emails involving the Democratic presidential nominee contain classified information.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, right, accompanied by campaign manager Robby Mook, second from right, and traveling press secretary Nick Merrill, second from left, departs after speaking at a news conference at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. Clinton is calling on the FBI to release more information about its review of emails that may be related to its investigation into her private server.

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DES MOINES, IA - OCTOBER 28: Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to reporters following a campaign rally at Roosevelt High School on October 28, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa. With less than two weeks to go until election day, Hillary Clinton is campaigning in Iowa.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, center, accompanied by traveling press secretary Nick Merrill, left, arrives to speak at a news conference at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. The FBI dropped what amounts to a political bomb on the Clinton campaign on Friday when it announced it was investigating whether new emails involving the Democratic presidential nominee contain classified information.

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U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton holds an unscheduled news conference to talk about FBI inquiries into her emails after a campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S. October 28, 2016.

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U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leaves after an unscheduled news conference on FBI inquiries about her emails after a campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S. October 28, 2016.

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US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton answers a question during a press conference about the FBI's reopening of a probe into her use of a private email server while secretary of State, in Des Moines, Iowa, on October 28, 2016. The FBI dealt Hillary Clinton's seemingly unstoppable White House campaign a stunning blow Friday by reopening a probe into her use of a private email server while secretary of state. / AFP / JEWEL SAMAD

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, left, accompanied by traveling press secretary Nick Merrill, center, departs after speaking at a news conference at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. Clinton is calling on the FBI to release more information about its review of emails that may be related to its investigation into her private server.

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The Justice Department reportedly asked the FBI not to disclose the discovery of the new emails to Congress so close to Election Day, but Comey wrote to his employees on Friday that he felt "an obligation to do so given that I testified repeatedly in recent months that our investigation was completed."

Some within the FBI have apparently been unhappy with Comey's tendency to overshare various aspects of the Clinton investigation with lawmakers and the public, stemming back to the unprecedented press conference the director gave in July to announce that the FBI would not recommend criminal charges in the case.

Agents were also frustrated with the FBI leadership's apparent disinterest in aggressively investigating the Clinton Foundation for possible conflicts of interest and financial crimes, according to the Journal.

The Foundation's controversial donation practices came under renewed scrutiny last week when WikiLeaks published a hacked memo titled "Bill Clinton, Inc." that raised questions about the blurring of lines between the charity and the Clintons' personal finances.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton looks on as she was looking at a smartphone when she leaves a fundraiser at a private home in Southampton, N.Y., Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, center, leaves a fundraiser at a private home in Southampton, N.Y., Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton looks at a smartphone as she leaves a fundraiser at a private home in Southampton, N.Y., Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Huma Abedin, center, an aide to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, poses for a photograph with members of the audience after Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton accompanied by Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., speaks at a rally at Florida International University Panther Arena in Miami, Saturday, July 23, 2016. Clinton has chosen Kaine to be her running mate. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
In this photo taken Aug. 28, 2016, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's senior aid Huma Abedin, center, departs a fundraiser at a private home in Southampton, N.Y. Abedin says she is separating from husband Anthony Weiner after another sexting revelation involving the former congressman from New York. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, followed by aide Huma Abedin, right, walks on the tarmac as she arrives to board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday, July 5, 2016. President Barack Obama and Clinton are traveling to Charlotte, N.C. to campaign together. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, left, listens as his wife, Huma Abedin, speaks during a news conference at the Gay Men's Health Crisis headquarters, Tuesday, July 23, 2013, in New York. The former congressman says he's not dropping out of the New York City mayoral race in light of newly revealed explicit online correspondence with a young woman. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Huma Abedin, aide to Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, points as Mrs. Clinton waves to attendees at the conclusion of the second official 2016 U.S. Democratic presidential candidates debate in Des Moines, Iowa, November 14, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, center, accompanied by Mike Vlacich, New Hampshire state director, Hillary for America, and her aide Huma Abedin look to place their order Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, at a Dunkin' Donuts in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Anthony Weiner, left, and Huma Abedin arrive at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit Gala, celebrating the opening of "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" on Monday, May 2, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, makes a selfie with customers as her aide Huma Abedin, right, speaks with a cashier Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, at a Dunkin' Donuts in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, and her personal aide Huma Abedin offer to buy ice cream for reporters from Allison Porreca at Dairy Twirl, Friday, July 3, 2015, in Lebanon, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Huma Abedin, left, an aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton, watches the Democratic presidential contender greet members of the audience following a speech at the David N. Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum, Wednesday, April 29, 2015. in New York. David Dinkins is at center. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Huma Abedin, longtime aide to Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, attends a Clinton campaign rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S., July 5, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo
In this photo taken Jan. 5, 2011, then-New York Rep. Anthony Weiner and his wife, Huma Abedin, an aide to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, are pictured after a ceremonial swearing in of the 112th Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin says she is separating from husband Anthony Weiner after another sexting revelation involving the former congressman from New York. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Anthony Weiner and wife Huma Abedin attend the 12th Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards at Spring Studios on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., and his wife, Huma Abedin, aide to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, are pictured after a ceremonial swearing in of the 112th Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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With no solid evidence of criminal wrongdoing, however, prosecutors within the public-integrity section of the Justice Department — who are not politically appointed — worried that they would be perceived as trying to influence the outcome of the election if they pursued the Clinton Foundation investigation. As such, they reportedly pressured FBI leadership to drop the Foundation probe.

Adding to that perception over the weekend was the revelation that the FBI had not obtained a separate warrant to sift through the roughly 650,000 Clinton emails found on Weiner's laptop before announcing on Friday that they existed. Weiner's laptop, which he evidently shared with Abedin, was subpoenaed in late September. The FBI eventually obtained a warrant over the weekend.

Clinton's email scandal has dogged the Democratic presidential nominee for more than a year. In March 2015, she first admitted to exclusively using a private email account to send and receive work-related emails while she served as secretary of state. The controversy compelled her to hand over roughly 30,000 work-related emails to the State Department, which have been released in batches since last year.

But she deleted about 30,000 additional emails from her server that she said were "personal" in nature before handing it over to the FBI in August, five months after she gave individual emails to the State Department.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, seizing on the issue over the weekend, said during a Sunday rally that the FBI may have reactivated the Clinton investigation because they found some of those 30,000 deleted emails. He described them as the potential "mother lode" that could bring down Clinton's candidacy.

Reports have indicated, however, that many of the Abedin emails, going back years, passed through Clinton's inbox at some point and were therefore already examined by agents who investigated her server from August 2015 through July 2016.

When asked during a congressional hearing in July if he would reopen the investigation if he "discovered new information that was both relevant and substantial," Comey replied that the FBI "would certainly look at any new and substantial information."

Clinton implored the FBI on Friday evening to release more information about its review of the newly discovered documents, and her campaign has continued to go on the offensive over the weekend.

"The American people deserve to get the full and complete facts immediately," she said at a press conference.

It is unclear whether the FBI will complete its probe of the new emails before November 8.

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