The government watchdog group Judicial Watch, which has filed numerous Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits to obtain government documents for the public to see, announced today that at least 18 “classified emails” from the State Department were sent through Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private server to the laptop of Anthony Weiner, who is married to Clinton’s former deputy chief of staff, Huma Abedin, and is a convicted felon who sexted a 15-year-old girl.
The work-related emails of Huma Abedin, who worked with Clinton at the State Department, were discovered by the FBI when they were investigating Anthony Weiner for his sexting crimes with a minor. Abedin “kept a non-State.gov email account on Hillary Clinton’s notorious email server that she used repeatedly for government business,” said Judicial Watch in a statement.
“Judicial Watch’s work in federal court holding the government accountable to the rule of law has forced the State Department to finally release these documents,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The classified information on Weiner’s laptop is part of a pattern of the mishandling national security by Clinton and her aides.”
“The Weiner emails emphasize the need for the Justice Department to conduct a fresh, serious investigation of Hillary Clinton’s and Huma Abedin’s obvious violations of law,” said Fitton. “That’s why we are pleased to learn that the Justice Department has reportedly at least begun asking questions about the Clinton classified material.”
“Judicial Watch has no doubt that the Justice Department is taking these steps due to the ongoing disclosures of Clinton email misconduct from Judicial Watch’s lawsuits,” he said.
The release of the Abedin emails came about because of a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch in May 2015, and a February 2016 court order directing the State Department to release the records the FBI had obtained from Weiner’s laptop by Dec. 31, 2017.
There were 13 classified emails on Weiner’s laptop that had been previously released to the public. In this new batch, Judicial Watch uncovered five more classified emails. The earlier material included discussions “about Saudi Arabia, The Hague, Egypt, South Africa, Zimbabwe, the identity of a CIA official, Malawi, the war in Syria, Lebanon, Hamas, and the PLO,” reported Judicial Watch.
In the newly discovered emails there are discussions among Clinton, Abedin and State’s Jacob Sullivan about Israel’s Gaza policy, an update on the United Nations, talking points on Haiti, the “Anthony Campaign” from Huma@clintonemail.com, Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah, Saud al faisal, Wikileaks, Benjamin Netanyahu, Hamas and PLO talks. Much material in the emails is also redacted.
Judicial Watch further explained, “The Weiner laptop also contains classified material from Abedin’s Blackberry. A July 9, 2011, email contained classified information regarding a then-upcoming call between Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.
“On November 25, 2011, classified information was sent regarding [State’s Jeffrey] Feltman’s notes on the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs impression of the Hamas-Palestine Liberation Organization talks. On May 4, 2012, additional classified material from the BlackBerry backup was sent.”
the watchdog group further reported that it “previously released 20 productions of documents in this case that show examples of mishandling of classified information and instances of pay to play between the Clinton State Department and the Clinton Foundation. Also, at least 627 emails were not part of the 55,000 pages of emails that Clinton turned over, and further contradict a statement by Clinton that, ‘as far as she knew,’ all of her government emails had been turned over to department.”
To read more about the documents obtained through the FOIA lawsuits, click here.