Criminal Justice

Comey says Clinton's classified emails were forwarded to Anthony Weiner, defends probe revelation

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FBI Director James Comey. Photo by FBI, via Wikimedia Commons.

FBI Director James Comey told a congressional hearing Wednesday that Hillary Clinton’s emails were somehow being forwarded to Anthony Weiner, a former congressman who was married to Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

Comey spoke about the emails as he defended his decision to notify Congress, days before the election, that he was reopening the email probe into Clinton’s use of a private server for her emails while secretary of state, the Washington Post reports. The New York Times and Politico also have stories on Comey’s testimony.

Comey said that failing to inform Congress would have been an “act of concealment.” His choice, he said, was between a “really bad” situation if he revealed the probe 11 days before the election and a “catastrophic” situation if he concealed it.

Comey said he would make the same decision if he had to make it again. But, he said, “it makes me mildly nauseous to think we might have had some impact on the election.”

Democrats who questioned Comey about his decision criticized him for waiting until after the election to reveal an FBI investigation into Russian meddling in the election.

“It’s still very unclear—and I hope, director, that you will clear this up—why the FBI’s treatment of these two investigations was so dramatically different,’’ said U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California.

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