FBI Turns Over 7,000 Emails From Weiner's Laptop In Clinton Case
The event which according to many democrats cost Hillary Clinton the election (aside from Putin personally hacking the brains of several million middle-class Americans and forcing them to vote against Hillary, of course) is finally getting closure. On Thursday, the FBI turned over 7,000 new documents from Anthony Weiner’s private laptop to the State Department as part of a Judicial Watch’s freedom of information act lawsuit related to last year’s Hillary Clinton email case.
On Thursday, conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch and State Department representatives appeared in federal court in Washington, D.C., over the group’s FOIA suit seeking Clinton emails from her tenure at the State Department. During the hearing it was revealed that 7,000 new documents were turned over from Weiner’s notebook computer, the same computer which prompted James Comey to restart the FBI probe shortly before last year’s presidential election. The stack of emails is also expected to contain some emails sent by Weiner’s estranged wife, Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
Speaking to Fox News, Judicial Watch President Tom said that they expect to begin receiving those documents in three months, once the State Department determines whether the Weiner documents are government or personal records. Last November, the State Department was ordered to turn over 500 pages of Clinton-related documents a month to Judicial Watch.
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Fitton, expressed his displeasure with the speed of the process, especially now that another 7,000 documents are being added to the pile. Based on the 500-page-per-month rate, Fitton does not expect to receive the Weiner laptop documents in full for more than a year “at best.”
“This pushes this out until 2020 and beyond,” Fitton told Fox News after the hearing Thursday. “Production is slow because the legal counsel is a holdover from the Obama administration—the folks that are responsible for slow-rolling this are still here.” State Department attorneys blamed the slow “drip” of documents on a lack of resources due to President Trump’s federal hiring freeze and a supposedly “diminished public interest” in the Clinton email case since November. It was unclear if said interest was said to be replaced with heightened public interest in the NSA’s leaks of emails from those in Trump’s closest circle.
“I can’t imagine the Trump White House is not interested in Clinton emails,” Fitton said. “Six months into the Trump administration and their lawyers are defending Hillary Clinton and the misconduct of the Obama administration.”
Judicial Watch has been seeking emails from Weiner’s laptop to find out whether Abedin was sharing sensitive government information on another non-government device. The sharing of such information was at the heart of the Clinton email investigation, after it emerged she used a personal server for government business while secretary of state. The unexpected discovery of related emails on the computer of Weiner led James Comey to briefly reopen the FBI’s case. Two months ago, Weiner pleaded guilty in connection with a sexting case.