The State Department on Friday released a batch of work-related emails from the account of top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin that were discovered by the FBI on a laptop belonging to Abedin’s estranged husband, Anthony Weiner, near the end of the 2016 presidential campaign.
Abedin is a longtime aide to Clinton who worked at the State Department and on Clinton’s campaign.
At the time, she was married to Weiner, the former 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.
The emails jolted the 2016 presidential race after then-FBI Director James Comey told Congress just days before the election that FBI agents had found more of Clinton’s messages. The agency had previously investigated Clinton’s private email setup while at the State Department.
The emails were found on Weiner’s laptop, as the FBI investigated its sexting case against him.
The discovery of the records re-opened the case against Clinton several months after Comey said he wasn’t recommending any charges be filed in the case.
The conservative group Judicial Watch filed suit against the State Department for all official department emails sent or received by Abedin on a non-state.gov email address.
“This is a major victory,” the group’s president, Tom Fitton, said in a Friday statement. “After years of hard work in federal court, Judicial Watch has forced the State Department to finally allow Americans to see these public documents.”
Fitton added, “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.”
SOURCE: Fox News – Alex Pappas