Documents belonging to former Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin that were discovered on her estranged husband Anthony Weiner’s personal computer during an FBI investigation were released Friday by the State Department, including at least four that were marked classified.
FBI Director James Comey cited the emails recovered on Weiner’s laptop as the reason he reopened the investigation of Clinton’s mishandling of classified information 11 days before the November election.
Comey testified in a May Senate hearing that Abedin forwarded “hundreds of thousands” of messages to her husband so he could print them out, including some that contained classified information.
Some 2,800 work-related documents were obtained by Judicial Watch through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton called the release “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,” he said.
Fitton said he expected to find that Abedin’s emails on Weiner’s laptop 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,” he said.
Judicial Watch previously released 20 productions of documents in the case that show examples of mishandling of classified information and instances of “pay to play” between the Clinton State Department and the Clinton Foundation.
Also, at least 627 emails were not part of the 55,000 pages of emails that Clinton turned over.
Judicial Watch notes that the finding contradicts a statement by Clinton that “as far as she knew,” all of her government emails had been turned over to department.
Weiner, the former New York congressman, was sentenced in September to 21 months prison after pleading guilty in May to sexting with a 15-year-old girl.
Most of the classified information in the emails released Friday has been redacted by the State Department.
One email, dated Nov. 25, 2010, contained a list of talking points for Clinton as she prepared to telephone Prince Saud of Saudi Arabia to warn him about the sensitive documents then-Army intelligence officer Bradley Manning gave to WikiLeaks.
One of talking points was: “I deeply regret the likely upcoming WikiLeaks disclosure. This appears to be the result of an illegal act in which a fully cleared intelligence officer stole information and gave it to a website. The person responsible will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. This is the kind of information we fear may be released: details of private conversations with your government on Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan.”
WND reported earlier this month another cache of records obtained by Judicial Watch show Abedin was allowed to take five boxes of “physical files” out of the State Department that include records described as “Muslim Engagement Documents.”
And Clinton was allowed to take personal correspondence and gift binders, which could be relevant to allegations that donations were made to the family’s Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative in exchange for favorable policy decisions.
WND previously reported emails obtained by Judicial Watch showed Abedin doing favors for a Russia-connected group on behalf of the Clinton Foundation while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state.
Previous Judicial Watch investigations revealed numerous examples of Clinton’s schedule being broadcast via email through her unsecure, non-government server.
Hillary team gets a pass
The release of the documents comes in the wake of the revelation this month that FBI agent Peter Strzok, who was dismissed by special counsel Robert Mueller in the “Russia collusion” investigation for demonstrating personal bias against President Trump, was a key figure in the bureau’s investigation of Clinton’s mishandling of classified information.
It was Strzok who, according to sources cited by CNN, changed the language of FBI Director James Comey’s earlier draft describing Clinton’s actions as “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless.” It was a critical legal distinction that Comey used to explain why he did not refer charges to the Justice Department.
Abedin and longtime Clinton counsel Cheryl Mills, according to official FBI summaries of their interviews with Strzok, made misleading statements regarding Clinton’s mishandling of national secrets but faced no consequences, unlike former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who was charged with a felony, the Daily Caller reported.
Clinton violated State Department standards by using several home-brew email servers to conduct her official government business as secretary of state. In his July 5, 2016, announcement, Comey said the bureau’s investigation found that of 30,000 emails Clinton handed over to the State Department, 110 contained information that was classified at the time she sent or received them. A few, Comey said, bore markings that identified them as classified.
The bureau also discovered “several thousand” work-related emails that Clinton had not turned over to the State Department – three of those emails contained classified information. And Comey said it was “possible” that hostile foreign governments had gained access to Clinton’s personal account, noting she also regularly used her mobile device on foreign trips, including “in the territory of sophisticated adversaries.”
Comey’s finding conflicted with Clinton’s repeated assertions that none of the emails were classified at the time she sent or received them.