The State Department has released hundreds of emails found on a laptop belonging to disgraced Congressman Anthony Weiner, former husband of close Clinton aide Huma Abedin. The release was in response to a FOIA suit brought by Judicial Watch.
There were four emails in the release marked “classified.”
One November 2010 document that was released shows Abedin forwarding an email to an address titled “Anthony Campaign.”
Former FBI Director James Comey said during a congressional hearing earlier this year that he believed Abedin regularly forwarded emails to Weiner for him to print out so she could give them to Clinton.
Comey famously said in July 2016 that Clinton was “extremely careless” in her handling of classified emails on a private server.
That 2010 email was a “callsheet” to Clinton about her upcoming call to Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal to warn about an imminent leak of U.S. diplomatic cables — so-called Cablegate — from WikiLeaks.
The rest of the document is redacted and marked classified as of August 2015.
Abedin is a longtime aide to Clinton who worked at the State Department and on Clinton’s campaign.
The emails indicate that Clinton was still invested in party politics despite her cabinet position. In one April 2011 email, Abedin informs her that Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz had been selected as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.
“Is she leaving the Congress?” Clinton replied.
It also shows Abedin in her role as Clinton’s gatekeeper.
“Love when people send her schedule stuff direct,” Abedin sarcastically wrote in an email to a colleague in December 2011, after someone emailed Clinton directly to ask her to speak at a conference.
At the time of the emails, Abedin was married to Weiner, a onetime Democratic congressman who began a 21-month prison sentence last month after being convicted of sexting a 15-year-old girl.
Abedin has since filed for divorce.
Clinton apologists might be able to argue that her private server was relatively secure from hacking (it wasn’t) but sending and storing classified emails on a simple laptop is the height of stupidity.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton:
This is a major victory. After years of hard work in federal court, Judicial Watch has forced the State Department to finally allow Americans to see these public documents. It will be in keeping with our past experience that Abedin’s emails on Weiner’s laptop will include classified and other sensitive materials. That these government docs were on Anthony Weiner’s laptop dramatically illustrates the need for the Justice Department to finally do a serious investigation of Hillary Clinton’s and Huma Abedin’s obvious violations of law.
Or is this just more “extremely careless” handling of classified information?
We know now that the FBI originally wanted Clinton charged with “grossly negligent” handling of classified info, but the recommendation was changed by Hillary Clinton partisans. Huma Abedin should also be considered guilty since she inexplicably sent classified emails to her husband’s unguarded laptop. If that isn’t “grossly negligent,” what is?
Of course, it’s never been about what was criminal and what wasn’t. The investigation was never supposed to get to the truth of Clinton’s handling of classified information, only serve as a vehicle to clear her. Since career prosecutors would be in charge of any additional investigation into Hillary Clinton’s handling of emails, it isn’t likely that she will be indicted or serve any time in jail.