A potential new development in the Hillary Clinton email scandal involving her aide, Huma Abedin is brewing to a boil.
According to Newsweek, the watchdog organization Judicial Watch received information that could be legally condemning to Abedin. The organization was informed by State Department officials that Abedin sent 2,800 documents to Anthony Weiner’s laptop.
According to Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton, the news is huge. “This is a disturbing development,” Fitton said. “Our experience with Abedin’s emails suggest these Weiner laptop documents will include classified and other sensitive materials.”
The Washington Times reported that the discovery of potentially sensitive information on Anthony Weiner’s laptop was entirely accidental. The FBI was conducting a probe into Weiner following a number of allegations he was sending highly inappropriate sext messages to an underage girl.
It was during this probe that the FBI discovered the correspondence between then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Abedin. According to the FBI, “There is … probable cause to believe that the correspondence between them located on the Subject Laptop contains classified information which was produced by and is owned by the US Government. The Subject Laptop was never authorized for the storage or transmission of classified or national defense information.”
The discovery of the laptop reopened the once thought finalized investigation into Clinton’s private email server. Abedin claimed she wasn’t aware the documents were on her husband’s laptop, but suspiciously failed to turn it over as evidence to the State Department when investigators requested it.
It was later revealed that not only was Abedin aware that the correspondence was on her husband’s laptop, but she herself had been funneling the messages to the computer so she could print them.
Though very little about the contents was ever revealed to the public, it allegedly didn’t change Comey’s finding that Clinton was merely technologically inept and not engaging in criminal behavior.
Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act shortly after the laptop’s discovery in an attempt to reveal what was contained in the messages to determine if criminal charges should have been pressed against Clinton.
When the State Department failed to respond to the request Judicial Watch filed, the watchdog group filed a lawsuit demanding access to the materials. The State Department has slowly complied with the order delivering the emails in infrequent batches.
The recent traunch of 2,800 emails could serve as the ammunition Judicial Watch needs to prove Abedin’s criminal activity in exposing potentially sensitive documents to hackers.
The court filing does admit, however, that the 2,800 documents may be innocuous, saying, “a significant portion of these documents may be duplicative of material already reviewed and processed.”
In any case, the public unveiling of these 2,800 emails of correspondence between Clinton and Abedin is welcome transparency in what was a highly controversial investigation, especially following the revelation that former FBI Director James Comey had intended to exonerate Clinton of any criminal charges at least two months before the investigation was concluded, as Fox News reported.
The Hillary Clinton email scandal has been one that has frustrated justice for the American people. Will these emails prove criminal acts took place in the Clinton State Department?
Even if these emails prove to be innocent conversations between Clinton and her former aide, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the rest of the emails are similarly innocent. It could simply be the State Department slow-walking the revealing of criminal activity, which would open a whole new can of worms.
In the end, it’s nice to see the Judicial Watch is making headway with its probe of this controversial scandal.