Is Huma Abedin open to perjury charges?

Earlier this summer, Clinton aide Huma Abedin said in a sworn affadavit that she turned over all devices in which her emails from her time at the state department were stored.

But the FBI discovered a trove of emails on her soon to be ex-husband Anthony Weiner's laptop. Authorities have yet to read those emails, but it seems clear that Abedin has opened herself up to charges of perjury if it can be established she knowingly hid those emails from investigators.

Daily Beast:

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.)

“How did you go about searching for what records you may have in your possession to be returned to the State Department?” Attorney Ramona Cotca for Judicial Watch asked her.

“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 answered.

Cotca then asked Abedin specifically what devices she gave her attorneys.

“If memory serves me correctly, it was two laptops, a BlackBerry, and some files that I found in my apartment,” Abedin said, adding the BlackBerry was associated with her Clintonemail.com account. 

Abedin maintained that she was “not involved in the process” of what records on her devices would be given to the State Department.

“I provided them [her attorneys] with the devices and the materials and asked them to find whatever they thought was relevant and appropriate, whatever was their determination as to what was a federal record, and they did. They turned the materials in, and I know they did so….”

Abedin was asked whether she supplied her login, password and other credentials to her “Clintonmail.com” account so that her attorneys could eyeball “all of the emails that were on that account” Abedin said she had. 

Pressed how she was sure, Abedin said, “I cannot answer that question.”

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. 

Abedin has told friends she is unsure how her emails ended up on her husband's computer. But that doesn't ring true. Those emails didn't just magically materialize on Weiner's computer. Someone had to type in the address and either forward the email or send it directly. That someone had to have access to Abedin's email accounts.

The Washington Post is reporting that investigators found "thousands" of emails on Weiner's laptop that may be relevant to congressional and federal investigators. Many may be duplicates of emails already released by the State Department or the FBI. But it's logical to assume that there was a reason Abedin was using her husband's laptop to exchange messages and subsequently failed to turn the device over to the State Department, or even mention that she was using the laptop.

That reason may put Abedin in jail for lying to investigators.

Thomas Lifson adds:

I think Rick is probably wrong here:

Those emails didn't just magically materialize on Weiner's computer. Someone had to type in the address and either forward the email or send it directly. That someone had to have access to Abedin's email accounts.

Yesterday, I cited Adam Yoshida, who explained that it is quite possible that an archive of emails was inadvertently and unknowingly created by Huma Abedin.

1) Either that Huma signed in her e-mail account at one point and, presumably, it being Exchange or IMAP, dumped the whole account onto the computer and that account has plenty of e-mails between her and Clinton that were deleted.

Or -

2) There’s mention of Huma having a Yahoo account to which she would forward things for printing purposes. This struck me right away because, of course, printers are often difficult to configure as are e-mail accounts. It struck me as strange, yet very believable, that she mentioned that she’d forward stuff to that Yahoo account to print them. I mean, printing in theory should be platform agnostic, but - if you’re technically unsophisticated - you might have serious problems trying to setup an e-mail account or a printer on a device. Thus I imagine a scenario where she has a portable machine that either she can’t (or can’t be, for some reason) configured to use her home printer and a desktop machine (I imagine an slightly-older iMac here) that’s physically connected to the printer that serves as a shared “family computer” or whatever. She either can’t setup the e-mail account on that computer (perhaps it requires a VPN or something like that) or doesn’t want to, so she forwards everything that she wants to print to the Yahoo account that she does have setup on that computer. The FBI takes this computer as part of the Weiner investigation and, bam, they find thousands of e-mail messages - again, evidence of what was destroyed earlier.

This accidental creation hypothesis is fully supported by what Huma is telling her associates, via the Washington Post:

Top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin has told people she is unsure how her emails could have ended up on a device she viewed as her husband’s computer, the seizure of which has reignited the Clinton email investigation, according to a person familiar with the investigation and civil litigation over the matter.

The person, who would not discuss the case unless granted anonymity, said Abedin was not a regular user of the computer, and even when she agreed to turn over emails to the State Department for federal records purposes, her lawyers did not search it for materials, not believing any of her messages to be there.

The Clinton camp, if they believe Huma, now faces a gut-wrenching moment. It is quite possible those 33,000 emails have escaped the memory hole thanks to the tech ignorance of Huma and her former hubby. Hillary knows what is on those emails.

No wonder her eyes are out of sync.

Earlier this summer, Clinton aide Huma Abedin said in a sworn affadavit that she turned over all devices in which her emails from her time at the state department were stored.

But the FBI discovered a trove of emails on her soon to be ex-husband Anthony Weiner's laptop. Authorities have yet to read those emails, but it seems clear that Abedin has opened herself up to charges of perjury if it can be established she knowingly hid those emails from investigators.

Daily Beast:

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.)

“How did you go about searching for what records you may have in your possession to be returned to the State Department?” Attorney Ramona Cotca for Judicial Watch asked her.

“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 answered.

Cotca then asked Abedin specifically what devices she gave her attorneys.

“If memory serves me correctly, it was two laptops, a BlackBerry, and some files that I found in my apartment,” Abedin said, adding the BlackBerry was associated with her Clintonemail.com account. 

Abedin maintained that she was “not involved in the process” of what records on her devices would be given to the State Department.

“I provided them [her attorneys] with the devices and the materials and asked them to find whatever they thought was relevant and appropriate, whatever was their determination as to what was a federal record, and they did. They turned the materials in, and I know they did so….”

Abedin was asked whether she supplied her login, password and other credentials to her “Clintonmail.com” account so that her attorneys could eyeball “all of the emails that were on that account” Abedin said she had. 

Pressed how she was sure, Abedin said, “I cannot answer that question.”

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. 

Abedin has told friends she is unsure how her emails ended up on her husband's computer. But that doesn't ring true. Those emails didn't just magically materialize on Weiner's computer. Someone had to type in the address and either forward the email or send it directly. That someone had to have access to Abedin's email accounts.

The Washington Post is reporting that investigators found "thousands" of emails on Weiner's laptop that may be relevant to congressional and federal investigators. Many may be duplicates of emails already released by the State Department or the FBI. But it's logical to assume that there was a reason Abedin was using her husband's laptop to exchange messages and subsequently failed to turn the device over to the State Department, or even mention that she was using the laptop.

That reason may put Abedin in jail for lying to investigators.

Thomas Lifson adds:

I think Rick is probably wrong here:

Those emails didn't just magically materialize on Weiner's computer. Someone had to type in the address and either forward the email or send it directly. That someone had to have access to Abedin's email accounts.

Yesterday, I cited Adam Yoshida, who explained that it is quite possible that an archive of emails was inadvertently and unknowingly created by Huma Abedin.

1) Either that Huma signed in her e-mail account at one point and, presumably, it being Exchange or IMAP, dumped the whole account onto the computer and that account has plenty of e-mails between her and Clinton that were deleted.

Or -

2) There’s mention of Huma having a Yahoo account to which she would forward things for printing purposes. This struck me right away because, of course, printers are often difficult to configure as are e-mail accounts. It struck me as strange, yet very believable, that she mentioned that she’d forward stuff to that Yahoo account to print them. I mean, printing in theory should be platform agnostic, but - if you’re technically unsophisticated - you might have serious problems trying to setup an e-mail account or a printer on a device. Thus I imagine a scenario where she has a portable machine that either she can’t (or can’t be, for some reason) configured to use her home printer and a desktop machine (I imagine an slightly-older iMac here) that’s physically connected to the printer that serves as a shared “family computer” or whatever. She either can’t setup the e-mail account on that computer (perhaps it requires a VPN or something like that) or doesn’t want to, so she forwards everything that she wants to print to the Yahoo account that she does have setup on that computer. The FBI takes this computer as part of the Weiner investigation and, bam, they find thousands of e-mail messages - again, evidence of what was destroyed earlier.

This accidental creation hypothesis is fully supported by what Huma is telling her associates, via the Washington Post:

Top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin has told people she is unsure how her emails could have ended up on a device she viewed as her husband’s computer, the seizure of which has reignited the Clinton email investigation, according to a person familiar with the investigation and civil litigation over the matter.

The person, who would not discuss the case unless granted anonymity, said Abedin was not a regular user of the computer, and even when she agreed to turn over emails to the State Department for federal records purposes, her lawyers did not search it for materials, not believing any of her messages to be there.

The Clinton camp, if they believe Huma, now faces a gut-wrenching moment. It is quite possible those 33,000 emails have escaped the memory hole thanks to the tech ignorance of Huma and her former hubby. Hillary knows what is on those emails.

No wonder her eyes are out of sync.