(National Sentinel) Under Oath: Former FBI Director James Comey was not truthful with Congress when he testified earlier this year when he discussed classified emails that bureau investigators found on a laptop in 2016 belonging to former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, said Chris Farrell, the Director of Investigations and Research at Judicial Watch.
During an appearance on Fox Business‘ “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” Farrell noted that at least five of the emails turned over to his organization on Friday by the State Department in response to a FOIA lawsuit contained classified information. At the time they were discovered, Weiner was married to Huma Abedin, a top aide to Hillary Clinton when she served as President Obama’s secretary of state.
At the time of the emails, Abedin was married to Weiner, a onetime Democratic congressman who began a 21-month prison sentence last month after being convicted of sexting a 15-year-old girl.
Fox News reported Friday that Comey said during a congressional hearing earlier this year that he believed Abedin regularly forwarded emails to Weiner for him to print out so she could give them to Clinton.
Farrell insisted that Comey’s testimony to Congress was erroneous.
“I know that people have been jailed for a fraction, a tiny fraction, of what has now been made public and documented through Judicial Watch’s litigation and so this really cries out for a legitimate investigation being done,” he told Dobbs.
“Your earlier clip with Mr. Comey talking about intent is a fraud,” he continued. “There’s no requirement for proving intent under that particular citation I gave you a moment ago. Intent is irrelevant. The fact that the loss or the mishandling of the national defense information occurred – that’s the crime.”
He continued, “Frankly, these documents conform the foundation for an indictment of Comey and [Peter] Strzok, the investigator who is at the center of this entire nightmare of a security problem.”
Earlier in the day, Bernard Kerik, New York City’s former police commissioner, tweeted essentially the same thing.
“The possession, transmission, and failing to secure these documents are all federal crimes that do not require intent. Why hasn’t someone been prosecuted? Any member of the
@FBI, @TheJusticeDept or #DOD would’ve been prosecuted in a second for a violation that substantial,” he wrote.
Comey famously claimed in a July 2016 press conference and later to Congress that Clinton had been “extremely careless” in her handling of classified email, which is not a legally actionable term.
The former FBI director had initially written in his statement that her behavior was “grossly negligent,” which is a legally actionable term. However, Strzok later changed that portion of his statement to “extremely careless.”
Critics of the widening classified email scandal say the latest findings among documents released by the State Department indicate that criminal charges not only should have been recommended a year ago, but that they should still be filed.
“This is a major victory,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a Friday statement. “After years of hard work in federal court, Judicial Watch has forced the State Department to finally allow Americans to see these public documents.”
Fitton added, “That these government docs were on Anthony Weiner’s laptop dramatically illustrates the need for the Justice Department to finally do a serious investigation of Hillary Clinton’s and Huma Abedin’s obvious violations of law.”
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