'Obvious Violations of Law' in Abedin Emails Show Need for New Probe

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The US State Department has released emails from Huma Abedin, a top aide to Hillary Clinton, that were found by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on her husband's laptop.

Last May, in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the FBI said that based on its investigation, it was reasonable to conclude that most of the Clinton-related emails found on Weiner's laptop occurred as a result of a backup of personal electronic devices, with a small number a result of manual forwarding by Abedin herself. The emails, sent and received by Abedin while Clinton was secretary of state, * a class="tpstyle" href="https://foia.state.gov/Search/results.aspx?searchText=*&beginDate=&endDate=&publishedBeginDate=20171229&publishedEndDate=20171229&caseNumber" target="_blank" rel="noopener" *were released in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by Judicial Watch.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation gave the State Department these documents on June 15, 2017, but State agreed in October to review and release what they called "all responsive, nonexempt agency records".

The Daily Mail has identified eight emails containing "confidential" information; the third highest government classification indicates intelligence that "reasonably could be expected to cause damage to national security".

"That these government docs were on Anthony Weiner's laptop dramatically illustrates the need for the Justice Department to finally do a serious investigation of Hillary Clinton's and Huma Abedin's obvious violations of law", Fitton added.

The review of the laptop - publicly disclosed less than two weeks before the election - jolted Clinton's campaign and resurfaced the controversy over her use of a private email server at the State Department.

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At least five of the 2,800 emails stored on a laptop belonging to former Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner were marked "confidential" and involved delicate talks with Middle Eastern leaders and Hillary Clinton's top aide.

At least five of the emails found on Abedin's ex-husband's laptop were heavily redacted and marked classified and at "confidential" level, the third more sensitive class the USA government uses below "secret" and "top secret".

"This is a major victory", organization president Tom Fitton wrote in a statement obtained by Law&Crime. Others are marked classified and have been heavily redacted. Abedin filed for divorce from Weiner.

The FBI recovered the emails on Weiner's computer a year ago after the former congressman turned in his computer to authorities as part of an investigation into an underage sexting case.

The search warrant and supporting documents unsealed past year shed new light on how the FBI framed its argument for access to the emails and what federal investigators hoped to find. He is now serving time in federal prison.