Mook: Clinton 'Hasn't' Asked Huma Abedin About New Emails; Up to FBI to Explain

By Susan Jones | October 31, 2016 | 5:20am EDT
In this Oct. 28, 2016 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks with senior aide Huma Abedin aboard her campaign plane at Westchester County Airport in White Plains. The longtime Hillary Clinton aide is now at the center of a renewed FBI email investigation. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

( - Appearing on various Sunday news shows, several of Hillary Clinton's campaign staffers insisted it's up to FBI Director James Comey to explain what's in the newly discovered emails that prompted him to inform Congress that his investigation is not over.

Press reports say the emails were found on a computer that Clinton's top aide Huma Abedin shared with her (now estranged) husband Anthony Weiner. The FBI found the emails in the course of investigating Weiner for sexting an underage girl.

Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," Clinton Campaign Manager Robby Mook repeated what other Clinton surrogates are saying: "And what we're asking at this point is Director Comey just get all the information out on the table, all of it, so that the American people can judge for themselves," he said.

Host Chris Wallace told Mook, "There is someone who knows what's in all those e-mails and that is Huma Abedin. Has Secretary Clinton asked her what's in those e-mails?"

"Well, Chris, the problem with what you're saying there is we don't know. We don't know where these e-mails are from. You're making an inference that it could have been Huma Abedin. Your guess is as good as anyone. And this is why Director Comey needs to get all the information out there."

"Well, I'm asking you a direct question," Wallace said. "Has secretary Clinton asked Huma Abedin what was on that laptop that she shared with her husband Anthony Weiner?"

"She hasn't," Mook said. "You just offered a hypothetical on the table. Let me offer you some hypotheticals that I've read in the press. I've heard a hypothetical that these e-mails have nothing to do with Hillary Clinton whatsoever, that she didn't send or receive any of them.

"That doesn't matter," Wallace said. "It's still the question of what's in the e-mails. So, why wouldn't she asked Huma Abedin, did you have e-mails on the laptop and what's in them? Why wouldn't she ask her?

"Well, Chris, you and I are on the same page here. I want to know what's in these e-mails, too. And Director Comey has put out a letter. It has three paragraphs. It says nothing about Huma Abedin. It says nothing about who these e-mails were to or from. He just says he has information that may be significant we don't even know if it is."

Wallace pointed to "credible reporting out there that this came from the laptop of Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin. Why on earth wouldn't Hillary Clinton say to her closest personal aide, was there any stuff on your laptop, and what was it?"

"Chris, again, I appreciate your question because people want answers," Mook said. "There's nothing about Huma Abedin in the letter that was sent out."

"I know, but why wouldn't Clinton ask her?" Wallace said.

"Well, why wouldn't Clinton ask anybody?" Mook said. "They could be e-mails from anybody in the world."

"There are no reports it's anybody else except Huma Abedin," Wallace said.

"Again, you're putting out some hypotheticals. There are other hypotheticals that have been put out there," Mook said. He said the only person who can "answer this question" is Director Comey.

At a news conference Friday night, Clinton herself said the FBI "need to share whatever facts they claim to have with the American people."

(Press reports on Monday said the FBI has just obtained a warrant to examine the new emails that triggered the reopening of the investigation.)

'What has Huma told the campaign?'

Clinton's running mate Tim Kaine told ABC's "This Week" that the Clinton campaign doesn't know whether the newly surfaced emails are to or from Hillary Clinton. "And so this is a distraction."

"What has Huma told the campaign?" host George Stephanopoulos asked Kaine.

Kaine deflected: "Well, listen, I'm not going to speculate, because the FBI director doesn't know," Kaine responded.  "These could be duplicates of what's already been analyzed. They could be things that don't have anything to do with Hillary Clinton. We can't speculate about it...You owe the public full information. That's what Hillary Clinton wants and that's what the American public deserves."

Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta, appearing on CNN's "State of the Union," said FBI Director Comey "really needs to come forward and explain why he took this unprecedented step, particularly when he said himself in the letter [to Congress] that these (emails) may not even be significant."

Podesta was asked three times by host Jake Tapper, "Have you asked Huma Abedin why she did not turn over this computer that is now being reviewed by the FBI?"

"Look, I think Huma's been completely cooperative with the authorities, and they have recognized that. She's worked with her attorneys to turn over relevant material. But we don't know what this is all about, really," Podesta said.

Tapper noted that Abedin apparently has not been completely cooperative if she didn't turn over all her devices, after telling the FBI under oath that she had done so.

"Have you talked to her?" Tapper asked. "Have you asked Huma -- have you asked Huma Abedin what is on the computer and why she didn't turn it over when she said she had given all the devices?"

"We don't know what computer Mr. Comey is talking about," Podesta said. "So, I think that, as I said, she's been fully cooperative with the authorities. And they have recognized that. And, you know, I think that the -- you know, we could sit here and speculate and put facts into the record based on anonymous--"

"I'm not speculating, sir," Tapper interrupted. "Our reporting is that it was a laptop computer that belonged to Anthony Weiner, and they found State Department e-mails on that laptop. That's reporting. That's not speculation. You have access to Huma Abedin. I don't. Have you asked her how this happened?"

"I don't think she knows anything more than what we have seen in the press to date. So, you know, I'm sure if the -- you know, if people -- if proper authorities want to ask her questions, they will ask her questions, but she's been fully cooperative in this investigation."

Podesta said that Abedin is still part of the campaign.

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