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Report: Comey Gave Inaccurate Info During Testimony

| by Robert Fowler

FBI Director James Comey's assertion during congressional testimony that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's aide, Huma Abedin, had forwarded thousands of sensitive emails to her now-estranged husband former Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York has since been deemed inaccurate by the Bureau. The FBI is reportedly unsure of how to correct their top official's misstatement.

On May 3, Comey testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. While taking questions ranging from Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race to the Bureau's investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server, the FBI director was asked why he chose to inform Congress that his officials had reopened their investigation into Clinton weeks before the election.

During Comey’s answer, he asserted that Abedin had forwarded Weiner thousands of Clinton's emails.

"Somehow, her emails are being forwarded to Anthony Weiner, including classified information, by her assistant, Huma Abedin," Comey said, according to The Washington Post.

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The FBI director added that Abedin appeared "to have had a regular practice of forwarding e-mails to him, for him I think to print out for her so she could then deliver them to the Secretary of State... She forwarded hundreds and thousands of emails, some of which contain classified information."

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas queried why neither Abedin or Weiner faced prosecution for the arrangement. Comey responded that the Bureau could not find any "criminal intent."

On May 8, several anonymous FBI officials disclosed that Comey's statements regarding Abedin were inaccurate, ProPublica reports.

Officials assert that Abedin had only forwarded a handful of emails to Weiner and did not do so regularly. In addition, it remained unclear whether any of the messages she shared had actually been classified.

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The bulk of Clinton emails found on Weiner's laptop were reportedly synced with the device from Abedin's Blackberry as backups, meaning they possibly were not intentionally shared. The majority of the emails were duplicates of messages that the FBI had already examined from Clinton's private server.

FBI officials were reportedly planning to provide Congress with a letter explaining the discrepancy in Comey's testimony, but that effort has stalled.

In October 2016, Abedin's attorney Karen Dunn released a statement asserting that her client did not know how the emails wound up on Weiner's device, Politico reports.

Dunn said that Abedin "only learned for the first time... from press reports, of the possibility that a laptop belonging to Mr. Weiner could contain emails of hers."

Neither Comey or Abedin have given comment to the development that the FBI director’s testimony was inaccurate.

Sources: PoliticoProPublica, The Washington Post / Photo Credit: FBI/Wikimedia Commons

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