The FBI has recently acknowledged that Director James Comey inaccurately stated the number of Hillary Clinton’s emails her longtime aide, Huma Abedin, forwarded to her husband, Anthony Weiner’s laptop. The FBI is now weighing how to correct the record and is considering sending a letter to Congress.
In previous testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Comey told lawmakers that the FBI had uncovered “hundreds and thousands” of emails that Abedin forwarded to her then-husband, former Representative Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), to have printed out so she could give them to Clinton. Comey said that some of those emails were “classified.” But ProPublica has recently reported that investigators found Abedin only forwarded a handful of emails to Weiner to print, and she did not make a “regular practice” of doing so as Comey had previously testified. There were 12 emails found on Weiner’s laptop that was considered classified. These were discovered during a separate investigation into allegations that Weiner had sent sexually explicit messages to a minor. This finding led to the bombshell letter to Congress saying that the FBI had officially reopened the investigation into Clinton’s private email server that had previously been closed.
Comey’s bombshell letter was sent 11 days before the Election, and it threw Hillary’s campaign into a tailspin. Clinton has explicitly allocated significant blame for her loss to Comey’s decision to send the letter to Congress. Comey later announced that the FBI had found nothing on Weiner’s laptop that would change their original conclusion and reiterated that no charges would be filed.
When the FBI was asked to comment on Comey’s inaccurate numbers regarding the Clinton emails forwarded by Abedin, they did not reply.
How do you think the FBI should proceed? Do you believe that this new information would have changed the outcome of the election? We are anxious to see your comments.
Credit: The Hill