Published: 15:42 GMT, 8 January 2018 | Updated: 00:29 GMT, 9 January 2018
Huma Abedin backed up copies of her emails with Hillary Clinton to her pervert husband Anthony Weiner’s laptop, DailyMail.com can disclose – conflicting with her account to the FBI and in court that she did not preserve the conversations.
An examination by DailyMail.com of emails released by the State Department shows that backup copies of many of Abedin’s work-related messages with Clinton were created in the dates after Clinton left the State Department in early 2013.
The emails, released at the end of December, show that they had been put on Weiner’s laptop by a BlackBerry archiving program.
A tech expert told Dailymail.com that Abedin would have to have activated the backup program and may well have plugged her device into the laptop – raising further questions over her testimony to the FBI.
Abedin was Clinton’s deputy chief of staff at the State Department and remains her closest aide.
Like Clinton, she was cleared by then FBI director James Comey in the wake of the investigation into the former Secretary of State and her staff’s handling of classified material.
Last Thursday it was revealed that the Department of Justice is looking again at the Clinton email investigation, after President Donald Trump’s provocative tweet calling for ‘jail’ for Abedin. It is also being examined by the FBI’s Inspector General.
Huma Abedin did in fact back up her emails between her and Hillary Clinton on to her husband Anthony Weiner’s laptop an examination by the State Department revealed
The emails were discovered by the FBI just weeks before the 2016 presidential election when the agency seized Weiner’s laptop after DailyMail.com revealed he was sexting a 15-year-old girl
The disclosure that Abedin made backups will raise further questions over Comey’s decision-making and is likely to be studied by the Department of Justice’s renewed probe.
The emails were discovered by the FBI just weeks before the 2016 election when the agency seized Weiner’s laptop after DailyMail.com revealed he was sexting a 15-year-old girl, an offense for which he is now behind bars.
The FBI sought permission to review its other contents when they realized that the laptop contained not just evidence of his perverted grooming of a minor, but emails from the notorious Clintonemail.com server.
Comey sent shockwaves through the election when he revealed that the Clinton email probe had been renewed in October because of the discovery of emails on Weiner’s laptop.
He quickly abandoned it, saying the emails were not new, but Clinton continues to believe that his actions helped cost her the election.
Since then legal action by conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch has forced the release of hundreds of emails, including a latest tranche at the end of last week which show that they were on Weiner’s laptop because they had been backed up from another device.
The messages were archived from ‘BBB Backup’ and ‘LoaderBackup’ from a BlackBerry Bold 9700 in February 2013 – weeks after Huma and Hillary left the State Department
Huma had told the FBI that she did not have a way of preserving the messages she exchanged with her boss and said those conversations were ‘left on the system’
Emails released by the State Department this week included at least five messages from Abedin that were marked ‘Classified’ and were found on Weiner’s laptop
The emails show they were sent in from Abedin’s BlackBerry on February 3, 2013 and February 7, 2013. She had left the State Department, like Clinton, on January 20
The classified messages included discussions on Israel and other Middle Eastern issues from 2010, 2011 and 2012
It is unclear if whether the FBI agents who examined the emails found in Weiner’s laptop in October appreciated that their presence there contradicted Abedin’s statements from her deposition
What is unclear is whether the FBI agents who examined the emails found in Weiner’s laptop in October appreciated that their presence there contradicted Abedin’s evidence to them and a deposition she made under oath.
Abedin had told FBI investigators that she did not have a method of preserving the emails she exchanged on a private server with Clinton.
‘Abedin stated that she lost most of her old emails as a result of the transition [from the State Department].
‘She had only accessed clintonemail.com through a web portal and did not have a method for archiving her old emails prior to the transition,’ said notes taken during an FBI interview of Huma Abedin on April 5, 2016.
Abedin gave a similar response when she was deposed under oath by attorneys from Judicial Watch on June 28, 2016.
‘With respect to those State Department work-related emails on the Clintonemail.com accounts, what did you do, if anything, to preserve those emails?’ asked an attorney with Judicial Watch, according to a transcript of the deposition.
Abedin responded that she ‘did not do anything to preserve those emails’.
Abedin and other members of Clinton’s inner circle at the State Department used multiple email addresses – including one official State Department account, and another on Clinton’s private email server located at her home. Above they are pictured in 2010
‘The instances where it was Clintonemail to Clintonemail, there were instances where the content of those emails had personal matters in there, and there may have also been State Department matters in there, too.
‘It was a – a combination. But I did not – I did not preserve those e-mails,’ added Abedin.
Abedin and other members of Clinton’s inner circle at the State Department used multiple email addresses – including one official State Department account, and another on Clinton’s private email server located at her home.
Abedin testified that she left all of her emails from her Clinton server account in her inbox after leaving the State Department. She said she did not delete any emails.
‘I just left everything on what – on the system, I guess,’ she said during her deposition.
The discovery of the existence of the Clinton server has led to a series of lawsuits by Judicial Watch.
It was during one of those that Abedin was deposed under oath and it was due to another one that the State Department had to release the latest tranche of emails last Friday.
Abedin has said she was not aware that her emails were on Weiner’s laptop and did not know how they ended up on his computer.
She reportedly used the laptop occasionally to check her messages.
Some of the emails found on Weiner’s laptop were forwarded to him directly from Abedin, their details show.
But many of them ended up on the computer through the backups of Abedin’s BlackBerry on February 3, 2013 and February 7, 2013. She had left the State Department, like Clinton, on January 20.
The messages were archived from ‘BBB Backup’ and ‘LoaderBackup’ from a BlackBerry Bold 9700.
Ariel Coro, a technology consultant and analyst for Univision, reviewed the emails and told DailyMail.com that Abedin or someone working for her would have had to intentionally set up the backup program for her BlackBerry.
‘What you’re seeing here is a backup restore of what was sent from her phone,’ said Coro.
‘They set up a backup to be done when she plugged it in to her computer, to the laptop, or potentially over the air [remotely].
‘This is not an accident, this was configured to back up, either directly [to the laptop] or through the air,’ he added. ‘This was something that was configured, or at least opted-in.’
That means that either Abedin, or an assistant, consciously set up the backup system or that she confirmed that she wanted to backup when she was prompted to by her BlackBerry.
Once that program was set up, it could be scheduled to archive her data automatically. It could have also been programmed to save phone contacts, photos, texts and other phone data.
The emails released by the State Department included at least five messages from Abedin that were marked ‘Classified’ and were found on Weiner’s laptop.
The government classifies information at that level when its exposure ‘reasonably could be expected to cause damage to national security.’
The classified messages included discussions on Israel and other Middle Eastern issues from 2010, 2011 and 2012.