FBI Officials: Comey Lied To Congress About Clinton’s Emails, Under Oath
In an extraordinary turn of events that could result in criminal charges against FBI Director James Comey, officials at the Bureau of Investigation have revealed that what Comey told lawmakers, under oath, about Hillary Clinton’s emails was “inaccurate.” Now, the agency is weighing how to correct the record and is considering sending a letter to Congress, according to several news outlets.
During his congressional testimony, Comey told lawmakers that the bureau had uncovered “hundreds and thousands” of emails that Abedin forwarded to her then-husband, former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), to print out. Some of those emails, Comey said, were classified.
However, ProPublica reported Tuesday that investigators found Abedin forwarded only a handful of emails to Weiner to print. She did not make a “regular practice” of doing so, as Comey had testified.
The discovery of the Clinton emails on Weiner’s laptop — uncovered during a separate probe into allegations that Weiner had sent sexually explicit messages to a minor — led Comey to send a bombshell letter to Congress that the bureau had effectively reopened its investigation into Clinton’s private email server, then considered closed.
It’s unclear how many of the forwarded emails, if any, were among the 12 emails considered classified that Comey said were found on Weiner’s laptop. It’s also unclear how the mistake occurred.
The letter, sent 11 days before Election Day, sent Clinton’s campaign into turmoil. Comey later announced that the FBI had found nothing on the laptop to change its original conclusions, announced in July, that no charges were appropriate.
Clinton has assigned part of the blame for her loss to Comey’s decision.
Comey told lawmakers last week in a detailed testimony of his actions that “somehow, [Clinton’s] emails are being forwarded to Anthony Weiner, including classified information, by her assistant, Huma Abedin.”
Abedin, he testified, “appears to have had a regular practice of forwarding emails to him, for him I think to print out for her so she could then deliver them to the Secretary of State.”
However, according to FBI officials, he lied, under oath.
Comey has not returned a request for comments on the “inaccuracy” of his testimony.