Court documents approved for release in the lead-up to a massive Justice Department watchdog report on the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email account offer fodder for both critics and defenders of the bureau’s work.

The newly-unsealed court filings, obtained by POLITICO, may well serve as a Rorschach test about the Clinton email probe. They demonstrate that the FBI’s investigation did not rely solely on the voluntary cooperation of those involved, since agents and prosecutors used a combination of search warrants and other court orders to gain evidence relevant to the probe.

At the same time, the records do not contradict complaints by Republicans that the FBI chose not to use grand jury subpoenas to demand testimony from top Clinton aides, not to get search warrants access to laptops Clintons’ lawyers used to review her emails and never sought the personal phones and similar devices used by her top aides.

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