About 7,000 new documents from Anthony Weiner’s personal computer have been turned over to the State Department for possible eventual public release as part of a watchdog group’s Freedom of Information lawsuit.
While investigating Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, the FBI last fall discovered thousands of documents on a computer shared by Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s top aide, and former Rep. Weiner, R-N.Y., her estranged husband.
Judicial Watch, the watchdog group which has sued to gain access to Clinton’s emails, appeared with State Department representatives in federal court Thursday for a hearing on the emails.
The watchdog group is trying to use the emails to see if Abedin was sharing classified information on a non-secure device, thus putting the secrecy of American communications at risk.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said that the group should be getting some of the new emails in about three months, after the State Department has reviewed them to determine if the documents are public or personal records.
Fitton also has called for the State Department to move faster than the agreed-upon minimum limit of giving Judicial Watch 500 pages of Clinton-related documents per month.
“This pushes this out until 2020 and beyond,” Fitton told Fox News. “Production is slow because the legal counsel is a holdover from the Obama administration — the folks that are responsible for slow-rolling this are still here.”
Fitton said the slow pace means that it would be a year “at best” before the new documents are fully released.
He added that the State Department attorneys blame the slow release on a lack of resources due to the federal hiring freeze and what Fitton said they called “diminished public interest” in Clinton’s emails.
“I can’t imagine the Trump White House is not interested in Clinton emails,” Fitton said. “Six months into the Trump administration and their lawyers are defending Hillary Clinton and the misconduct of the Obama administration.”
Last week, Judicial Watch released documents from Abedin’s private account that included an email from Clinton’s brother, Tony Rodham, to Abedin revealing that he was acting to facilitate communications for Clinton Foundation donor Richard Park.
Another email released last week showed Clinton Foundation executive Doug Band instructing Abedin to “show love” to Clinton donor Andrew Liveris.
“I’m not sure how much more evidence of pay for play, classified information mishandling, and influence-peddling from Clinton’s email server one would need to show a serious criminal investigation is required,” Fitton said of the documents.
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