Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s top aide, Huma Abedin, is the latest operator embroiled in the scandal surrounding the former secretary of State’s use of a homebrewed email server to conduct government business.
Last Friday, FBI Director James Comey informed Congress that the agency was investigating 650,000 emails, possibly Clinton-related, on the laptop of Anthony Wiener, the husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
Abedin’s lawyer has released a statement: “[Abedin] only learned for the first time on Friday, from press reports, of the possibility that a laptop belonging to Mr. Weiner could contain emails of hers. While the FBI has not contacted us about this, Ms. Abedin will continue to be, as she always has been, forthcoming and cooperative.”
Abedin has been absent from the campaign trail since news of the emails broke.
The FBI is using software to sift through the massive amounts of email on the Wiener computer. “Investigators have already seen the subject, date and time of the emails and are continuing to look for classified material or anything that might be tied to Clinton, zeroing-in on emails belonging to Abedin.”
They do not expect to complete the investigation in time for election day.
Following the news of the latest email cache discovery, calls came out for more information about the investigation.
“As much information, as much clarity about the nature of the investigation as can be made available should be made available,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte said. “It was important for the director to make it clear that when substantial new evidence became available, they reopened the case.”