During his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday, FBI Director James Comey confirmed that Hillary Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin forwarded classified documents to her estranged husband Anthony Weiner, which contributed in part to Clinton’s loss.
Comey Explains What Happened 11 Days Before Election
Comey said Huma forwarded the documents so that the disgraced former congressman could print them out for her. The FBI found the documents on Weiner’s laptop during an investigation into sexting allegations brought against him. This prompted Comey to announce just 11 days before the Election Day that he was reopening the probe into Clinton’s private email use. The surprise announcement took a heavy toll on Clinton politically.
Clinton revealed earlier this week that Comey also caused her to lose the election, but the FBI director Wednesday put the blame on the Weiners. He said that the sole prospect that he may have derailed Clinton’s campaign made him “nauseous”.
It makes me mildly nauseous to think we may have had some impact on the election,
Comey told Senators.
Yet, he said the findings on Weiner’s computer left him with no choice. He added that Abedin had forwarded to her husband her boss’ emails and “hundreds of thousands of documents.” The forwarded files included classified information.
Anthony Weiner is facing an FBI probe into allegations that he sexted a minor. The FBI found the documents during the investigation in October. When the bureau started the probe, Abedin told her close aides that she had no idea how the emails wound up on her husband’s laptop. She explained that she failed to turn the laptop to the State Department when she left office because she had no idea the documents were on his laptop.
Abedin Knowingly Forwarded the Classified Info to Weiner
However, this week, Comey told Senators that Abedin purposely forwarded the files to Weiner. He added that the Clinton aide had a “regular practice” of sending emails to him “as a matter of convenience” since the serially disgraced congressman agreed to print them out.
Abedin was directly involved in Clinton campaign’s fall from grace. It is unclear why Abedin wanted the documents to be printed, but from some leaks, we learned Clinton often asked Abedin to print new emails as she didn’t like reading them on her computer.
Abedin’s attorney has yet to reply to a request for comment.
On Wednesday, Comey explained that the FBI probe into allegations that the Weiners mishandled classified information had to be closed because the feds didn’t find any evidence of “criminal intent.” It is the same reason why the agency closed the investigation into Clinton mishandling of top secret information during her time as Secretary of State.
Although some Republicans argued that Clinton and her aides should serve time in jail for mishandling the information, Comey insisted that there is no evidence that any of them knowingly broke the law.
When Sen. Lindsey Graham asked him if he agreed that Wiener should not have seen the emails, Comey replied “yes”. However, he refused to agree with Graham on the idea that someone should be prosecuted since his agency found no “general sense of criminal intent.”
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