State Department releases Huma Abedin emails

Anthony Weiner right and Huma Abedin appear in court in New York on Wednesday Sept. 13 2017

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton made the following statement regarding today's pending 3:00 pm (Eastern) release by the U.S. Department of State of Huma Abedin's work-related documents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that were found on her estranged husband Anthony Weiner's personal laptop. It said some of the documents released Friday have "classified information that has been redacted".

Some of the emails found on former Rep Anthony Weiner's laptop were marked classified.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a Friday statement that the confidential materials on Weiner's laptop were forbidden for him to possess or see and that the laptop was the newest instance of Clinton's State Department mishandling secret communications.

While the newly released emails have been seized on by conservative activists who have always been critical of Clinton's treatment of classified emails as secretary of State, the FBI already said in 2016 that a review of the emails didn't change the bureau's opinion that Clinton shouldn't face charges over email handling. It was unclear whether they were deemed classified at the time they were sent or when the State Department was preparing them for release. Other less sensitive information included Clinton's daily schedule, media conversations, travel details and talking points for conversations with foreign diplomats.

In May, Weiner pleaded guilty to exchanging sexual texts with a 15-year-old girl and in September was sentenced to 21 months in prison.

The documents were released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by Judicial Watch.

The State Department applies the confidential classification level to information that "the unauthorized disclosure of which reasonably could be expected to cause damage to the national security", according to the Government Publishing Office.

When Comey testified before Congress in May, he said believed Abedin would often forward emails to Weiner to print out for Clinton. In 2010, Abedin forwarded an email about Israel's Gaza policy to Clinton, and in the same year, an email discusses an natural disaster in Haiti.

A number of other documents containing sensitive data were heavily redacted.

The discovery of Clinton-related emails during the FBI's investigation of Clinton's use of a private email server led to the October surprise announcement from then-FBI Director James Comey that additional Clinton-related emails had been discovered that would need to be reviewed in the case. Abedin filed for divorce from Weiner.

In July 2016, Comey said that the Federal Bureau of Investigation did not find "clear evidence" that she intentionally violated any laws concerning the handling of classified information.

The search warrant and supporting documents unsealed previous year shed new light on how the FBI framed its argument for access to the emails and what federal investigators hoped to find.

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