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Hillary R. Clinton’s e-Mails containing classified information were forwarded to ex-New York Rep. Anthony Weiner so he could print them out for his wife, a top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
FBI Director James Comey’s revelation came during testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, as he defended his handling of politically explosive investigations surrounding the Y 2016 Presidential race.
Under questioning from the ranking Democrat, Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA), Director Comey revealed new details about how Mrs. Clinton’s private-server e-Mails ended up on Mr. Weiner’s computer, where they were discovered during a separate probe of his possible inappropriate communications with a minor.
“Somehow, her e-Mails were being forwarded to Anthony Weiner, including classified information,” Mr. Comey testified, adding: “His then-spouse Huma Abedin appears to have had a regular practice of forwarding e-Mails to him for him to print out for her so she could deliver them to the Secretary of State.”
Mrs. Clinton and Ms. Abedin were being investigated for possible mishandling of classified material, but Director Comey said the FBI ultimately dropped the matter without seeking charges because they could not show either of them intended to violate the law.
“Really the central problem we had with the whole email investigation was proving people . . . had some sense they were doing something unlawful. That was our burden and we were unable to meet it,” he said.
Director Comey said he was interviewed by the Justice Department’s IG (inspector general) as part of an internal probe of how the FBI handled the politically explosive Clinton case.
“I want that inspection, I want my story told,’” he said. “If I did something wrong, I want to hear that.’”
“Lordy, has this been painful,” he added. “I’ve gotten all kinds of rocks thrown at me and this has been really hard, but I think I have done the right thing at each turn.”
Director James Comey said, it made him feel “mildly nauseous” to think he had an impact on the 2016 US Presidential election, but that he had no choice but to announce just days before the vote that the agency had reopened a probe into Democratic candidate Hillary R. Clinton’s e-Mails.
Wednesday’s Senate testimony was Director Comey’s most impassioned defense yet of his decision to tell Congress in a letter last October that the FBI had uncovered a new trove of Clinton-related e-Mails, an announcement that angered Democrats.
Mrs. Clinton said Tuesday that her election bid was derailed in part by Directors Comey’s announcement about the renewed probe of her use of a private e-Mail server while she was Secretary of State.
She also said her bid to defeat Republican Donald Trump was damaged by the WikiLeaks release of her campaign Chairman John Podesta’s e-Mails.
Director Comey told the Senate panel he felt he had to speak out last year about the e-Mail probe because he had repeatedly told Congress the investigation was over.
“To not speak about it would require an act of concealment in my view,” Director Comey said. “Concealing, in my view, would be catastrophic.”
Senators then asked Director Comey why he decided to go public with the investigation of Hillary Clinton but not the investigation of whether Donald Trump or his associates had inappropriate contact with Russian agents.
Director Comey tried to convince Senators he made the right choice.
He said the probe into whether Russian hacking activities and American citizens was a classified investigation in its early stages, far different from the almost completed Clinton e-Mail probe.
Director Comey said the investigation was ongoing and declined to comment on whether President Trump, or anyone else, had been ruled out as a possible subject.
He said Russia represents “the greatest threat of any nation on earth given their intention and capability” and that its government is still involved in American politics.