On Tuesday, Judicial Watch said that the Department of State has admitted that it received from the FBI 2,800 documents related to Huma Abedin’s tenure as top aide to Hillary Clinton. Abedin served as Clinton’s aide at the Department of State and later during Clinton’s presidential campaign. The documents were found on the laptop of her estranged husband, Anthony Weiner. Weiner recently pleaded guilty to sending obscene material to a girl.
Abedin originally claimed that she had no knowledge about ho the emails had been stored on her estranged husband's computer. However, she did not surrender the computer to State Department investigators when turning over other devices with government correspondence. The laptop was uncovered during an FBI investigation into Weiner's transmission of obscene photos to an underage girl. The laptop also became an issue during at the end of the presidential race in 2016 when then-candidate Donald Trump ran political advertisements blasting the convicted ex-Congressman as a pervert.
Weiner will surrender on Nov. 6 to start serving a 21-month prison term for his cybersex emissions with the underage teen girl.
Abedin used a non-government email account repeatedly for government business on Clinton’s private email server. Clinton was chastised by the FBI for using the unauthorized private email server. However, then-FBI Director James Comey declined to file criminal charges against Clinton in 2016 despite the finding.
According to Judicial Watch, the revelations about Abedin came from a lawsuit the transparency advocate filed in May 5, 2015, against the State Department (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:15-cv-00684)). The action came about because the State Department did not respond to a March 18, 2015, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking: “All emails of official State Department business received or sent by former Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin from January 1, 2009 through February 1, 2013 using a non-‘state.gov’ email address.”
Following an order from a federal court, the State Department filed a document stating: “The State Department has identified approximately 2,800 work-related documents among the documents provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.” The department will complete its review of the FBI records and produce them by December 31, 2017. The State Department suggested that some of the material may duplicates of other records.
A statement released by Judicial Watch noted that its president, attorney Tom Fitton, said of the news, “This is a disturbing development. Our experience with Abedin’s emails suggest these Weiner laptop documents will include classified and other sensitive materials.” He added, “When will the Justice Department do a serious investigation of Hillary Clinton’s and Huma Abedin’s obvious violations of law?”
Judicial Watch previously released 20 productions of documents in this 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, and further contradict a statement by Clinton that, “as far as she knew,” all of her government emails had been turned over to department.
A hearing will be heard in a related case on Thursday at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.