According to ProPublica, FBI Director James Comey was not being accurate when he testified to Congress that Huma Abedin, aide to former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, had forwarded thousands of emails to her then husband, former Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.).
Comey testified last week that Abedin made it "a regular practice of forwarding emails to [Weiner], for him, I think, to print out for her so she could then deliver them to the secretary of state.”
ProPublica claims FBI officials are now are privately acknowledging that Comey's original statements about Abedin's frequency of forwarding U.S. Department of State emails to Weiner were exaggerated.
Instead, ProPublica says, two unnamed sources that are close to the matter are claiming that Abedin only forwarded a handful of Clinton emails to Weiner. It is not clear whether any of these "handful" of emails were among the 12 "classified" emails that Comey said were found on Weiner's laptop.
"Other officials," ProPublica says, suggest that the other emails found their way onto Weiner's laptop as a result of backups from Abedin's Blackberry.
ProPublica says that on Monday, the FBI was planning to correct the record made by Comey's statements by sending a letter to Congress this week, but that plan has been put on hold as the FBI has not reached a consensus on what to do.
Comey reopened the case of Clinton's email investigation two weeks before the 2016 presidential election after finding thousands of Clinton emails on Weiner's laptop. According to Clinton, this reopening of the investigation helped cost her the election.