FBI director James Comey may have exaggerated the number of emails Huma Abedin forwarded to her husband, Anthony Weiner, ProPublica reported late Monday.
Comey on Wednesday said that Hillary Clinton’s top campaign staffer, Abedin, had a “regular practice” of forwarding “hundreds and thousands of emails” to her husband, the disgraced NYC pol. He clarified during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that only a fraction of those emails contained classified information.
FBI officials believe she only forwarded a handful of Clinton’s emails to Weiner.
Additionally, the bureau was slated to set the record straight and correct Comey’s misstep in a congressional letter this week, but that plan was mysteriously shelved, according to ProPublica.
It’s unclear how the FBI boss settled on such a large number of emails, a factor that has apparently baffled the federal investigators.
Propublica reports that it’s unclear how many of the dozen classified emails found on Weiner’s laptop had been forwarded by Abedin. Some officials speculate Abedin’s emails were backed onto Weiner’s laptop through her Blackberry phone.
Comey told Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.)that Abedin forwarded the emails for her husband to print.
In a response to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Comey added that the FBI found no evidence of criminal intent to merit charges against the Clinton aide.
The email cache sparked a frenzy days before the November election when Comey said the FBI was reopening its case into Clinton’s private email server.harges against the Clinton aide.