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State Dept. Releases 2,800 Huma Abedin Emails From Anthony Weiner's Laptop

State Dept. Releases 2,800 Huma Abedin Emails From Anthony Weiner's Laptop
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By    |   Friday, 29 December 2017 06:06 PM

The State Department on Friday released thousands of emails belonging to top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin that the FBI recovered last year from the laptop of Abedin's estranged husband, Anthony Weiner.

The 2,800 documents were released in response to a 2015 lawsuit filed by conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch.

The FBI found the documents in October 2016 during a criminal investigation into Weiner's sexual contact with underage girls.

Weiner, 53, a former New York Democratic congressman, is now serving time in federal prison. Abedin has since filed for divorce.

"This is a major victory," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. "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," Fitton said.

After the FBI discovered the documents, then-Director James Comey announced that he was reopening the Clinton email investigation.

He had closed the inquiry in May, though he slammed Clinton for being "extremely careless" in using a private server during her four years as secretary of state.

The October reopening came just days before the Nov. 8 election, and Clinton has cited Comey's action as one of the reasons for her loss to Republican Donald Trump.

In announcing his initial decision in May, Comey disclosed that Abedin had forwarded "hundreds and thousands" of Clinton's emails to Weiner to print out for Clinton when she was the nation's top diplomat.

However, Abedin was not charged or recommended for charges after doing so.

Judicial Watch initially filed a Freedom of Information lawsuit in 2015 against the State Department seeking the release of emails containing "official State Department business" sent or received from Abedin from January of 2009 to February of 2013 using a non-agency email address.

Among the documents released Friday include one email from 2010 that contained information that was later determined to be classified.

The email markings indicate the message was never opened by Weiner on his account, according to news reports, but Judicial Watch cited that and other messages as evidence of Clinton and Abedin's "obvious violations of law" and called for a Justice Department investigation.

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The State Department on Friday released thousands of emails belonging to top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin that the FBI recovered last year from the laptop of Abedin's estranged husband, Anthony Weiner.
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