Scrutiny of top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin intensified Monday amid speculation that claims she made in her FBI interview and a separate sworn deposition could come back to haunt her as the bureau gains access to emails on her estranged husband’s computer.
Abedin, one of Clinton’s most trusted advisers, is married to disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner. An unrelated investigation into allegations Weiner sexted with a 15-year-old North Carolina girl purportedly led investigators to a new email cache that have since kicked the Clinton email server probe back to life.
Abedin seemed to be a no-show Monday on the campaign trail. She also did not travel with Clinton over the weekend to the battleground state of Florida. While Abedin has effectively stepped off the campaign trail since the FBI’s stunning announcement on Friday, her emails are now at the center of attention.
“Thank you, Huma!” Donald Trump declared at a Michigan rally on Monday afternoon.
FBI Director James Comey stressed in his letter to Congress Friday that investigators don’t know how significant the new emails may be. But even if they don’t implicate the Democratic presidential nominee, their mere existence could call into question testimony Abedin gave months ago about the email system.
FBI records reflect that she told investigators “that she lost most of her old emails as a result of the transition.”
During a June 28, 2016 deposition with the conservative Judicial Watch, Abedin also swore she looked for and turned over all devices she thought contained government work to the State Department.
“I looked for all the devices that may have any of my State Department work on it and returned – returned – gave them to my attorneys for them to review for all relevant documents,” Abedin said. “And gave them devices and paper.”