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Comey Misstated Email Evidence During Senate Hearing

FBI Director James Comey told a Senate committee last week that top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin forwarded "hundreds and thousands" of emails containing classified information to the home computer she shared with her husband and former New York congressman, Anthony Weiner.

Comey said Abedin “appears to have had a regular practice of forwarding emails to him for him I think to print out for her so she could then deliver them to the secretary of state.”

However, that is not exactly true. According to CNN's Evan Perez, Comey drastically overstated the number of emails Abedin forwarded to Weiner and the FBI is in the midst of trying to find a way to correct the record.

Abedin did occasionally forward emails to her husband for printing, but it was a far smaller number than Comey described, and it wasn’t a “regular practice,” said people close to the investigation. None of the forwarded emails were marked classified, but a small number — a handful, one person said — contained information that was later judged to contain classified information, reports The Washington Post.

In a conversation with CNN's Christiane Amanpour last week, Hilary Clinton blamed Comey's letter to members of Congress on October 28 to inform them that the Weiner-Abedin computer had been found and the investigation re-opened – for her loss to Donald Trump.

"I was on the way to winning until the combination of Jim Comey's letter on October 28 and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me but got scared off," Clinton said. "And the evidence for that intervening event is compelling, persuasive."

In his hours-long hearing in which Comey defended his handling of the investigation of Clinton’s use of a private server for work while she was secretary of state, he amditted it made him “mildly nauseous” to think he might have affected the outcome of the presidential election, yet insisted he had no regrets and would not have handled it differently.

This misstatement about Abedin’s practice of forwarding emails only increases confusion about what exact role he played in the 2016 election and what role he wanted to play. 

Posted in General News

Tags: Senate, FBI, presidential election

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