FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday said top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin was not criminally charged even though she was sending classified emails to now-estranged husband Anthony Weiner.
Comey said Abedin forwarded the emails from Clinton to the former congressman as a “matter of convenience” so he could print them out.
“Somehow, her emails were being forwarded to Anthony Weiner, including classified information,” Comey told a Senate Judiciary Committee.
“His then-spouse Huma Abedin appears to have had a regular practice of forwarding emails to him for him to print out for her so she could deliver them to the secretary of state.”
Comey confirmed the FBI investigated Abedin, but concluded she did nothing criminally wrong.
“With respect to Ms. Abedin in particular we didn’t have any indication that she had a sense what she was doing was in violation of the law – couldn’t prove any criminal intent,” he told the Senators.
Comey was grilled by the Senate panel for sending a letter to Congress on Oct. 27 – less than two weeks before the presidential election – informing the body that he would be reopening the probe into Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state.
The emails were discovered during an examination of Weiner’s computer after he allegedly sent sexually explicit messages to a North Carolina teenage girl.
It’s not known what information the emails contained because they were classified.
Asked if Weiner had read the emails, Comey said the former lawmaker is involved in the investigation into the sexting scandal.
“I don’t think so. I don’t think we have been able to interview him because he has pending criminal problems of other sorts.
But my understanding is that his role would be to print them out as a matter of convenience,” Comey said.
Last July, Comey announced that although Clinton had been “extremely careless” in her handling of classified information she wouldn’t be charged because there was no indication of criminal intent.