The Daily Mail is the publication that revealed in September Anthony Weiner's online sexting relatioship with a girl he knew was fifteen-years-old.
He told her he was 'hard'; that he 'would bust that tight p****'; sent her unclothed pictures; and told her he had rape fantasies about her. Wiener knew she was 15 – the girl had told him.
At the time of the sexts, Weiner was still married to Abedin – although he complained about their lack of a sex life to the girl – and caring for their son while she campaigned intensively for Clinton.
New York police and the FBI moved in on Weiner quickly after DailyMail.com's revelations – and it now transpires that when federal authorities investigated, they took the former couple's shared laptop. It is unclear if they also took mobile devices.
In fact Abedin, 40, was already separated from Weiner, 52, by the time the FBI moved in, as she had announced the end of their marriage in August, when he was hit by another sexting scandal.
The former couple are assumed to have started the task of unraveling their life together, but then, in September, came a bombshell which put the past sexting in the shade: DailyMail.com's revelations of sexual messages and pictures to a 15-year-old girl – at a time when he was married to Abedin.
He carried on a months-long online sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl during which,she said, he asked her to dress up in 'school-girl' outfits for him on a video messaging application and pressed her to engage in 'rape fantasies'.
The girl, whose name is still being withheld by DailyMail.com because she is a minor, said the online relationship began last January while she was a high school sophomore.
Weiner was aware that the girl was underage, according to DailyMail.com interviews with the girl and her father, as well as a cache of online messages.
This time Weiner was T-Dog – and an avid user of the sort of instant messaging technology which does not leave a trail. Precisely the sort of technology Clinton had once joked she liked, in the wake of her email scandal emerging.
In Clintonworld, there was no comment, and although Abedin was not on the trail in the immediate aftermath of the story, she was soon back at Clinton's side.
She may have thought that ending the marriage would keep her safe from the fallout from the revelations.
But on Friday she learned that Weiner's fallout is now a danger not just to her – but to Clinton herself.
The FBI had long since said that Clinton – and by extension Abedin – would not be prosecuted for their handling of classified information on the secret email server when an entirely different investigation was launched, this time into the sexting.
What became clear within hours of the dramatic announcement by the FBI Director James Comey on Friday morning that there were new emails relevant to the investigation was where they came from: either Abedin or Weiner's devices.
Both, a New York Times report made clear, had been taken by the FBI in the course of their investigation – and the new material was found.
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