Longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin gave sworn testimony to lawyers of conservative watchdog Judicial Watch on Tuesday, June 28, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request granted by a federal judge earlier in 2016 regarding the former First Lady’s State Department emails.
According to the deposition, Abedin was asked if she knew of her “obligation not to delete federal records or destroy records”, and responded that the former Secretary of State permanently disposed of her “daily schedule” at the Department, “on more than one occasion.”
Abedin’s admission means, at the very least, Clinton violated executive agency protocol, if not federal law.
“I spent eight years at the State Department and watched as four U.S. ambassadors and two secretaries of state shared their daily schedules with a variety of State Department employees and U.S. officials,” said Richard Grenell, a former State Dept. official and current U.S. spokesman at the UN.
“I’ve never seen anyone put their schedule in the burn bag — because every one of them had a state.gov email address and therefore their daily schedules became public records, as required by law.”
Clinton’s electronic communications, both for work and personal use, were sent and received via the private clintonemail.com server.
Despite the seemingly clear-cut illegality of Clinton’s actions, former President George W. Bush’s schedule manager, Brad Blakeman, said that the presidential itinerary was only “deemed ‘highly sensitive’,” and aides were instructed to destroy scheduling documents, “through ‘burn bags’ and/or shredding.”
Despite last week’s lawyerly grilling, the New York Post reported that Abedin and husband Anthony Weiner attended a “big soirée” hosted by Washington Post senior associate editor Lally Weymouth in the Hamptons Saturday evening, the former appearing confident and “wholly unconcerned”.
Abdedin and Weiner were reported to have mingled politely, but separately, at the cocktail party, with one guest telling the New York tabloid that, “Either Huma is a great actress, or Mrs. Clinton doesn’t have anything to worry about.”
Other guests at the social gathering in East End Long Island included Clinton pollster Doug Schoen, who Abedin reportedly avoided, former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, New York Senator Chuck Schumer, billionaire investor Carl Ichan and literary pioneer Tom Wolfe.
[New York Post] [Photo courtesy freerepublic.com]