Clinton Aide Says FBI Director Overstated Number of Emails Sent by Huma Abedin
A top aide to Hillary Clinton did not forward “hundreds and thousands” of emails to her husband’s laptop as FBI Director James Comey recently testified to Congress, according to a person familiar with the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server.
Comey, testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, provided new details about the email server investigation and his reason for alerting Congress just before Election Day to the new discovery of emails on the laptop of former Rep. Anthony Weiner. The congressman separated last year from Huma Abedin, the Clinton aide.
He said Abedin was in the practice of forwarding emails to the laptop to be printed out for Clinton, saying at one point that “hundreds and thousands” had been forwarded.
But a person familiar with the investigation, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss the testimony publicly, says that was a misstatement of the number of emails involved.
Comey said that some of the emails contained classified information, but the person said Abedin never forwarded anything that was marked classified.
The FBI had no immediate comment Tuesday.
The committee, which hosted an oversight hearing last week, said it had not been contacted.
“If any clarifications need to be made, we would expect Director Comey to follow his previous practice of publicly updating the Committee with new information or clarifications to ensure that his testimony made under oath is accurate,” Taylor Foy, a spokesman for Rep. Chuck Grassley, the committee chairman, said in a statement.
“Regardless, Director Comey promised briefings for Committee members on matters that he was not able to discuss in a public forum, and Chairman Grassley is eager for the FBI to provide that information.