(CNSNews.com) -- The fact that at least 2,800 work-related emails of Huma Abedin, some of them classified, were discovered on the laptop of her husband, Anthony Weiner -- a convicted felon who sent obscene material online to a minor girl -- means that a serious "criminal investigation" must commence, said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
These classified emails from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin traveled through Clinton's private email server to Weiner's laptop, said Fitton. Further, "Abedin kept a non-State.gov email account that she used repeatedly for government business on Hillary Clinton's notorious email server(s)," he added.
When Abedin was interviwed by FBI counterintelligence officer Peter Strzok, she claimed that she did not know Clinton had a private server until sometime in 2015 when it became public knowledge. However, emails to and from Abedin and Clinton aide Cheryl Mills in 2010 show that they both apparently knew about the server.
The 2,800 emails were obtained by Judicial Watch, after it sued the State Department in May 2015. In its lawsuit, Judicial Watch requested, under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), "All emails of official State Department business received or sent by former Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin from January 1, 2009 through February 1, 2013 using a non-'state.gov' email address."
In February 2016, the court ordered the State Department to release the documents. The court filing said, "The State Department has identified approximately 2,800 work-related documents among the documents provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation." The FBI had discovered the documents on Anthony Weiner's laptop. The State Department was required to release the records by Dec. 31, 2017.
"This is a major victory," said Tom Fitton. "After years of hard work in federal court, Judicial Watch has forced the State Department to finally allow Americans to see these public documents. It will be in keeping with our past experience that Abedin’s emails on Weiner’s laptop will include classified and other sensitive materials."
"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," said Fitton.
"Judicial Watch previously released 20 productions of documents in this case that show examples of mishandling of classified information and instances of pay to play between the Clinton State Department and the Clinton Foundation," said the watchdog group in a statement.
"Also, at least 627 emails were not part of the 55,000 pages of emails that Clinton turned over, and further contradict a statement by Clinton that, 'as far as she knew,' all of her government emails had been turned over to department," said Judicial Watch.
Abedin's husband, Anthony Weiner, is a former Democratic member of Congress who ran a failed campaign for mayor of New York. Weiner was caught up in several sexting scandals involving young women. He was convicted in 2017 for sending obscene material to a 15-year-old girl. He began his 21-month prison sentence in early November 2017.
Weiner is being held at the Federal Medical Center Devens in Massachusetts. At his sentencing last September, Weiner told the court that he had been "a very sick man for a very long time."