FBI Director James Comey didn’t help anybody out when he misstated the number of emails that were forwarded to Anthony Weiner’s computer by his wife, longtime top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
Comey, in an attempt to defend his now infamous October letter to Congress about the supposed re-opening of the Clinton email investigation, told Congress “hundreds and thousands” of emails were forwarded to Weiner’s computer.
That is, however, incorrect, according to officials who have spoken to a number of news organizations, including CNN, leaving the Department of Justice scrambling to answer the question of how to best correct Comey’s mistake.
The reason that the emails forwarded to Weiner’s computer and the aforementioned letter are relevant is because the latter item has been widely credited as one of, if not the, final nail in the coffin of the Hillary Clinton campaign. The FBI discovered emails related to the then-closed Hillary Clinton email investigation on Weiner’s computer while investigating him on charges of sex crimes.
The emails, as it turned out, changed nothing about the FBI’s July 2016 conclusion that neither Clinton herself of anyone associated with her committed a crime in connection to the former Democratic presidential candidate’s usage of a private email server while serving as Secretary of State.
Nonetheless, the impact on the voting outcome of the easily hype-able announcement that the Clinton email investigation had been re-opened is clear. It’s not within normal Justice Department practice for such announcements to be made.
The recent hearing at which Comey was speaking when he made the false assertion about the volume of the material found on Weiner’s computer was routine.