Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) called Thursday for a special prosecutor to look into whether Hillary Clinton’s aide Huma Abedin broke the law when she forwarded emails to her now-divorced husband Anthony Weiner that contained classified material.
“If there was classified information and it was improperly passed to a person unauthorized to receive it, yes, naturally it’s a crime,” Blumenthal said on MSNBC. “Without knowing what the intentions were and so forth, there is potentially a prosecutable crime.”
When asked if she had committed a crime he answered, “It still may be, potentially. It’s not outside the statute of limitations, so far as I know. It’s one that the Department of Justice is going to have to decide. The question is: who will decide it? That’s why we need a special prosecutor to review all of this investigative material.”
FBI Director James Comey revealed during his testimony Wednesday that Abedin regularly forwarded emails from the Democratic presidential candidate to her husband out of convenience. “His then-spouse Huma Abedin appears to have 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,” he said.
When asked if either she or Weiner would be charged with misuse of classified information, Comey responded, “there was, we completed it.” “because with respect with Ms. Abedin in particular, we didn’t have any indication that she had any sense that what she was doing was in violation of the law. We couldn’t prove any intent.”
Republicans have cast doubt on this claim, especially Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) who questioned Comey on the unorthodox standard of law that he was using to exonerate Abedin and Weiner.