One day after Hillary Clinton’s campaign was rocked after the FBI sensationally reopened its investigation during its probe of Anthony Weiner sexting a 15-year-old girl, his estranged wife was huddled up at her New York City apartment.
Huma Abedin remained home on Saturday, after the online sexting habits of her husband, Anthony Weiner, upended her longtime boss’s presidential campaign.
A solemn-looking Abedin could be seen inside her Gramercy Park apartment in loungewear as she spent time with her mother and sister.
On Friday, the FBI revealed that it had found government-related emails on a laptop Abedin shared with her disgraced, former Congressman husband Weiner.
Detectives had seized the laptop, which contains ‘tens of thousands of emails’, in a separate investigation involving alleged sexts Weiner sent to a 15-year-old, first exposed by DailyMail.com.
FBI Director James Comey sent a letter to Congress on Friday to inform them about the reopening of the investigation into Clinton’s private email server based on the newly discovered emails, rocking Clinton’s campaign.
According to the New York Times, the newly discovered emails emerged after agents seized electronic devices used by Abedin and Weiner.
The FBI swooped in on Weiner in September after DailyMail.com revealed he had sent explicit messages and graphic pictures to the 15-year-old, fully aware she was under-age.
Weiner is a Democratic former congressman who resigned in 2011 after he was exposed for sending explicit online messages to women.
The emails were sent reportedly by Abedin to Clinton from a laptop used by Weiner, who also saw a bid to become mayor of New York collapse over similar claims in 2013.
As of Saturday night, the FBI still has not received the green light from the Justice Department for a warrant allowing the agency to read the newly discovered emails to determine if they contain classified information, Yahoo News reported.
As she stayed off the campaign trail in one of the campaign’s critical final days, Abedin may have to contend with some of her sworn statements in a Judicial Watch lawsuit, when she got asked how she went about searching for records she turned over 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. And gave them devices and paper,’ Abedin said.
Asked what devices she handed over, Abedin replied: ‘If memory serves me correctly, it was two laptops, a BlackBerry, and some files that I found in my apartment, Abedin said.
The devices were requested as part of a lawsuit by the conservative watchdog Judicial Watch and were later reviewed by the FBI.
Abedin then told Judicial Watch attorney Ramona Cotca that she was ‘not involved in the process’ of selecting what documents on her devices would be given to the State Department.
She said she asked her attorneys ‘to find whatever they thought was relevant and appropriate, whatever was their determination as to what was a federal record’.
‘And they did,’ she added. ‘They turned the materials in, and I know they did.’
Abedin, one of Clinton’s most trusted aides, said she conducted ‘the majority’ of her work at her computer and Blackberry but also gave her attorneys the login and password to her personal ‘Clintonmail.com’ account.
She said she relied on her State Department email for the ‘vast majority’ of her work, but admitted there were occasions she used the Clintonmail.com account for ‘State-related matters’.
While Abedin remained in New York, Clinton traveled without her to Daytona Beach, Florida, where she took her war against Comey right to her own supporters during a rally.
‘If you’re like me, you probably have a few questions about it,’ Clinton told a crowd of about 900 at a community center. ‘It is pretty strange. It’s pretty strange to put something like that out with such little information, right before an election,’ Clinton said.
The crowd booed at the first mention of the FBI issue.
‘In fact, it’s not just strange it’s unprecedented and it’s deeply troubling,’ Clinton said.
Clinton had first gone after Comey on Friday in a surprise press conference just hours after the news broke, just days before the November 8 election.
‘Voters deserve to get full and complete facts. And so we call on Director Comey to explain everything right away,’ she said, calling out Comey by name.
She urged Comey to ‘put it all out on the table.’
Then she trained her fire on Donald Trump, whom she said was ‘already making up lies,’ on a day Trump took the issue and ran with it at his own rallies, speculating about Clinton, the Justice Department, Abedin, and Weiner, whom he termed a ‘sleaze.’
‘He’s doing his best to confuse, mislead and discourage the American people,’ Clinton said. ‘I think it’s time for Donald Trump to stop fear-mongering.’
Clinton flew to Daytona Beach and campaigned in Volusia County as part of her all-out effort to stop Trump in a must-win state for him – but was compelled to address the controversy that has upended her campaign.
Mitt Romney won the county in 2012, though it was in the Democratic column for several previous elections.
Meanwhile, as the controversy swirls, Clinton continues to go about the business of retail politics.
When she landed in Daytona Beach, a small group greeted her with a campaign sign.
Ditching protocol, Clinton walked up to them, and greeted and shook hands with the entire group.
Later, went to a tailgate party with students at Bethune-Cookman University.
Clinton took the stage at the event and declared: ‘I just want to encourage all the students who are here today, plus all the alumni who are here… to get out and vote early.’
Later, she went to the 50 yard line of Daytona’s Municipal Stadium.
‘This election is about education, it’s about the future of the… historically black colleges and universities, and I promise you I will do my very best to build on the progress, the progress of President Obama,’ she said to cheers.
‘This election is one of the most important in our country’s history because everything you care about, everything I care about is really on the ballot and we’ve got to demonstrate that we’re going to build a future where the economy works for everybody, not just those at the top,’ she said.
‘I promise you that I will be your partner, I will work with you, I will work for you, every single day in the White House, and we’re going to prove once and for all that love trumps hate,’ she said.
The Clinton campaign has suggested that the new-found emails are duplicates, but the law enforcement source said it’s highly unlikely that all of them are.
When news emerged of the email investigation being reopened, a campaign aide said that Clinton ‘took the news like a champ. We always knew there’d be a another surprise in the election.
‘She’s in a very good frame of mind about it. Pretty happy warrior and is quite confident we’ll be able to deal with it.’
Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, teed off on the lawman in a blistering press call on Saturday.
He said Comey’s move to reexamine Clinton emails was ‘long on innuendo and short on facts,’ calling the reporting on the stunning developments in the presidential race ‘overblown.’
‘Despite initial reporting the letter amounted to a quote unquote reopening of the investigation … it seems that that is not at all the case,’ fumed Podesta on a campaign press call with reporters.
Podesta blasted House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Jason Chaffetz of Utah, saying, ‘This is someone who has already promised to launch years of new Hillary Clinton investigations when she’s president.’
He referenced an LA Times report that emails the FBI was looking at were not to or from Clinton.
‘It’s had to see how this amounts to anything,’ Podesta said, stressing the last minute nature of the campaign bombshell.
‘Comey has not been forthcoming with the facts,’ Podesta blustered. ‘What little told us: hard to understand why this was warranted at all.’
The angry call came after reports that the FBI came across new emails during its investigation of Weiner’s lewd emails with an underage girl.
Podesta said they are ‘standing’ behind Abedin, following the latest revelation into the Clinton email scandal.
‘Huma completely and voluntarily complied with and cooperated with the investigation,’ Podesta said.
‘She sat for a hours long interview. She turned over and went through with her lawyers all of the emails that might possibly be relevant and turned them over to the state department and investigators.
‘There’s absolutely nothing she’s done that we think calls into question anything that she’s done.
‘She’s been fully cooperating and we of course stand behind her.’
Campaign manager Robby Mook said the stunning FBI story is actually ginning up Clinton supporters.
‘We’re not just seeing this in our offices on the ground but also in the online space as well,’ he said.
‘We already had momentum and wind behind our back going into yesterday this has only increased the momentum that we’re feeling among our activists on the ground.’
Republican Donald Trump had a field day with the latest developments as he campaigned out west.
‘Her criminal action was willful, deliberate, intentional and purposeful,’ Trump said in an
agricultural event center in Golden, Colorado. ‘Hillary set up an illegal server for the obvious purpose of shielding her criminal conduct from public disclosure and exposure.’
Then he went after Abedin’s spouse, disgraced ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner, calling him ‘a major, major, major sleaze.’
Weiner’s alleged sexting affair with a teenage girl drew federal investigators to the computer where they found thousands of Hillary Clinton-related emails thought to be lost forever.
‘I wonder, is she going to keep Huma? Huma’s been a problem,’ Trump said.
‘I wonder if Huma’s going to stay there. And I hope they haven’t given Huma immunity.’
‘She knows the real story. She knows what’s going on,’ he said.
On Saturday, the Democratic presidential nominee boarded her campaign plane at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, New York.
Clinton, who smiled and waved to the cameras on the ground as she walked up the steps to get on the plane, is heading to campaign in Florida.
While on the plane, she was photographed speaking with members of her staff and seemed at ease.
During her press conference on Friday, Clinton called on the FBI to release whatever information it has about its restarted investigation of her email scandal ‘without delay’.
And she said she did not know ‘what to believe’ regarding what she called ‘rumors’ that the new information came from Abedin’s laptop – a device she reportedly shared with Weiner.
‘We are 11 days out from perhaps the most important election of our lifetimes,’ Clinton told reporters in a surprise press conference.
‘The American people deserve to get the full and complete facts immediately.’
The FBI is investigating Weiner’s lewd texts with an underage girl, revealed in September by DailyMail.com.
‘We’ve heard these rumors,’ said Clinton – who sat near Abedin on her campaign on the flight to Des Moines.
‘We don’t know what to believe and I’m sure there will be even more rumors. That’s why it is incumbent upon the FBI to tell us what they’re talking about,’ she said.
‘Because right now your guess is as good as mine and I don’t think that’s good enough.’
Clinton gave the press conference inside the choral room of Roosevelt High School in Des Moines – where she held an event meant to stress women’s issues and early vote efforts and where she ignored the growing crisis engulfing her campaign.
But her traveling press was fixated completely on the stunning FBI story, which comes after the bureau sensationally reopened their investigation into her secret server after they discovered email exchanges between her and Abedin on the device.
Asked if she had been contacted by the FBI or whether she was concerned that the new emails would reveal any classified information, Clinton responded to the first part of the question.
‘No – we have not been contacted by anyone. First we knew about it is I assume when you knew about it, when this letter sent to Republican members of the House was released.
‘So we don’t know the facts, which is why we are calling on the FBI to release all the information that it has.’
‘Lets get it out,’ she said.
She observed that FBI director James Comey had said the new information concerning the emails may not be significant.
Clinton’s campaign was outraged and implied that Comey’s intervention could be politically-tinged because, in Clinton’s words, the letter was only sent to ‘Republican members of the House.’
She also declared herself ‘confident’ that voters, and the FBI, would conclude that she had done nothing wrong.
Her defiant words came after Trump – himself dogged by scandal over his alleged sexual misconduct – made hay, declaring Clinton unfit for office as a jubilant crowd of supporters in New Hampshire chanted: ‘Lock her up!’
Concern that the renewed probe would damage Clinton’s formerly impressive momentum spooked the markets, with US stocks, the dollar and oil prices tumbling lower on the prospect of a close vote.
Clinton noted that Comey had said he himself does not know whether the emails are significant or not.
‘I’m confident, whatever they are, they will not change the conclusion reached in July,’ she added.
Source: Daily Mail UK