The FBI will transfer the messages to the agency. They appear to be related to a search of a laptop that belonged to disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner, the husband of Abedin, a top Clinton aide. Justice Department attorney Lisa Ann Olson confirmed the planned transferral at a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit hearing on Tuesday, the report stated. No timetable was set, however.
“We haven’t recovered anything from the FBI,” she said, noting that the FBI hasn’t turned over the emails as of Tuesday, reported the Washington Times.
It’s not exactly clear when the emails will be released to the public.
“Today the Department of Justice informed the court that the FBI will be providing the State Department with additional emails,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement. “It has not been assessed how many of these emails are State Department work-related records rather than personal emails, nor do we know how many are duplicates or near duplicates of materials previously provided to the State Department by former Secretary Clinton.”
More than a week before Election Day, FBI Director James Comey told Congress he would investigate newly found documents that pertained to their probe of Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state. He didn’t elaborate on what the documents contained.
It was reported in October that as many as 650,000 emails were on Weiner’s laptop.
Later, Comey told Congress the Sunday before Election day that the new emails didn’t change the FBI’s verdict that Clinton should not be prosecuted.