Comey says classified Clinton emails were forwarded to Anthony Weiner
Hillary Clinton emails containing classified information were forwarded to former congressman Anthony Weiner, the director of the FBI testified Wednesday.
Under questioning from the senior Democrat on the committee, Comey revealed more details about how Clinton’s emails ended up on Weiner’s computer.
Weiner, a New York Democrat, was married to a top aide to Clinton, Huma Abedin.
Weiner was being investigated separately for possible inappropriate communications with a minor.
“Somehow, her emails were being forwarded to Anthony Weiner, including classified information,” Comey said.
“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.”
The two were investigated for possible mishandling of classified material.
The FBI ultimately dropped the matter without seeking charges.
The director defended his decision to notify Congress that he had reopened the Clinton email probe just days before the election.
Comey has been under intense pressure from both Republicans and Democrats to explain his decision-making.
The hearing was scheduled to conduct general congressional oversight of the FBI, but politically sensitive investigations quickly became the focus of lawmakers’ questions.
The chairman of the committee, Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), opened the hearing by saying that “a cloud of doubt hangs over the FBI.”
He demanded that the bureau reveal more about how it has handled the probes.
Comey began his prepared testimony by praising the work of the FBI.
“I love this work, I love this job, and I love it because of the mission and the people I get to work with,’’ he said.
Grassley’s first question to Comey was about leaks, asking Comey if he had ever been an anonymous source for stories about Clinton or Trump.
“Never,’’ Comey said. Asked if he had authorized someone else to speak anonymously to reporters about those cases, the director said no.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) asked Comey what threat Russia posed to future U.S. elections.
“In my view the greatest threat of any nation on earth given their intention and their capability,’’ Comey answered.
Democrats repeatedly pressed Comey about his decision to notify Congress just days before the election that he was reopening the probe into Clinton’s use of a private email server for her work as secretary of state.
On Tuesday, Clinton said the move by Comey on Oct. 28 helped alter the outcome of the presidential election.
“If the election had been on October 27, I would be your president,” she said at an event in New York.
Clinton said that as the candidate on the ballot, she took responsibility for the loss.
Tuesday night, Trump tweeted a fresh broadside at Comey and Clinton.
Saying the FBI director “was the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton in that he gave her a free pass for many bad deeds.”
In a second tweet, he added that the “phony Trump/Russia story was an excuse used by the Democrats as justification for losing the election.”