Lying is something a great many politicians, on both sides of the aisle, seem perfectly comfortable doing. Like it or not, most of us probably accept this as a fact of life.
But lying under oath in an FBI investigation is a very different story. And that may well be what Hillary Clinton’s long-time woman-Friday has done.
Read these excerpts from M. L. Nestel and Jackie Kucinich’s article at dailybeast.com, and decide for yourself:
In a normal election year, a normal candidate’s close aide who caused even minor embarrassment to a campaign so near to Election Day would be whisked away as quickly as possible to avoid becoming a distraction.
But Huma Abedin is not simply a close aide, she’s a critical member of Hillary Clinton’s tiny inner circle that protects and — at times — enables the deeply flawed and secretive Democratic nominee.
So despite FBI Director James Comey’s announcement that the bureau is reviewing emails from Abedin’s time at the State Department reportedly found on a laptop she shared with her soon-to-be ex-husband Anthony Weiner (confiscated as a part of the FBI’s investigation into allegations he sexted with a 15-year-old North Carolina girl), the campaign made clear on Saturday that she’s not going anywhere.
But the new information that the FBI found State Department-related email on her home laptop also calls into question whether Abedin in fact turned over all of the devices she used to send and receive email while working at State.
On June 28, 2016, Abedin said under oath in a sworn deposition that she looked for all devices that she thought contained government work on them so the records could be given to the State Department. (These records were subsequently reviewed by the FBI.)
Abedin said her practice was to rely on her State Department email through her laptop and BlackBerry for the “vast majority of my work” but acknowledged her personal account was a de facto business account too.
“I used that for the Clinton family matters and, frankly, I used it for my own personal e-mail, as well,” she testified.
Look, no one on the planet, not even Bill Gates (at least i think now), can recite a comprehensive list of everything on his or her computer or smart phone. So if we’re talking about a few errant emails, Ms. Abedin is, in my view, free and clear.
But if, as has been reported, we are talking about thousands of emails? That’s a lot more than an inadvertent mistake. How do we not conclude Ms. Abedin lied under oath about what was on the devices.
And what if any of them contained sensitive information, let alone classified information?
Remember; Huma Abedin shared these devices with her husband, the disgraced, out-of-office Anthony Weiner – a man who could never be allowed near such information. If the emails are there, he had full access to them.
This would be a security breach – a major one – all by itself. But given Mr. Weiner’s seemingly pathological weakness for sexting with women and girls he only knows through cyberspace, the sending of such material to one of his “friends” would only be one errant click away from occurring.
How many times have you clicked the wrong key? Is there any doubt he could do the same?
What a strange turn of events, that an investigation of Anthony Weiner’s downfall could result in the downfall of his now-estranged wife.
Given Ms. Abedin’s sudden disappearance (she was not on Hillary Clinton’s flight to Florida yesterday), I’m guessing that may already have happened.