During Senate testimony on Wednesday, FBI Director James Comey verified that Hillary Clinton e-mails containing classified information were indeed forwarded to disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner, the then-husband of her closest aide, Huma Abedin.
The reason, Comey said, was so Weiner could print the e-mails for Abedin to deliver to Clinton:
“His then-spouse, Huma Abedin, 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.
“My understanding is that his role would be to print them out as a matter of convenience.”
Comey added that he didn’t believe Weiner actually read the documents. The FBI will not charge either Weiner nor Abedin with a crime and concluded that Abedin had no “sense that what she was doing was a violation of the law,” Comey said.
“Really, the central problem we had with the whole e-mail investigation was proving that people knew that they were communicating about classified information in a way that they shouldn’t be, and proving that they had some sense that they were doing something unlawful,” Comey said. “That was our burden. And we weren’t able to meet it.”
In addition to these new details, Comey confessed that it makes him feel “mildly nauseous” to think his 11th-hour letter about reopening the case against Clinton impacted the election. Comey said it was simply a choice between “really bad and catastrophic” to inform the American people that Clinton e-mails were found on Weiner’s laptop. The director said he had a choice to “speak” about or “conceal” the information. Though he said it was “one of the world’s most painful experiences,” he feels it was the right choice to make it public.
"It makes me mildly nauseous to think we might have had an impact on the election. But, honestly, it wouldn't change the decision,” Comey added.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein made it clear in her questioning that making it public wasn’t the right call: “Why didn't you just do the investigation as you would normally, with no public announcement?"
Clinton, too, has been making the rounds blaming everyone but herself for the loss, but especially Comey’s October 28th letter for altering her trajectory: “If the election had been on October 27, I would be your president.”