Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch pushed for the release of these documents as part of their lawsuit against the State Department, filed in 2015, over Abedin's work-related emails on a private server back when she was Hillary Clinton's deputy chief of staff. Spokeswoman Jill Sutherland Farrell told Law&Crime in an email that the State Department told Judicial Watch that the 2,800 documents mentioned in the status report were found on Anthony Weiner's computer.
However, he said there was evidence that she was "extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information".
The Daily Mail has identified eight emails containing "confidential" information; the third highest government classification indicates intelligence that "reasonably could be expected to cause damage to national security".
During a congressional hearing in 2016, former FBI Director James Comey said Abedin regularly forwarded emails to Weiner for him to "print out for her so she could deliver them to the secretary of state". In 2010, Abedin forwarded an email about Israel's Gaza policy to Clinton, and in the same year, an email discusses an natural disaster in Haiti. Weiner was sentenced to 21 months in prison and began serving out the sentence in November.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton called the email release a "major victory".
"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", he said. It included then-Secretary of State Clinton's plans to warn al-Faisal about Wikileaks planning to release sensitive documents leaked by former Army Pvt. Abedin filed for divorce from Weiner.
Though neither Abedin nor Weiner was identified by name in the search warrant documentation, and the court ordered the materials redacted, the affidavit in support of the warrant makes clear that the Federal Bureau of Investigation argued that there was further probable cause to search Weiner's hard drive in light of the fact that Abedin and Clinton previously exchanged classified emails.
It's no surprise that work-related emails were stored on Weiner's laptop.
The FBI recovered the emails on Weiner's computer previous year after the former congressman turned in his computer to authorities as part of an investigation into an underage sexting case.
In July 2016, Comey said that the Federal Bureau of Investigation did not find "clear evidence" that she intentionally violated any laws concerning the handling of classified information.
The FBI recovered the emails while investigating Weiner in a separate sexting investigation.
During the original criminal investigation into Clinton, agents found Abedin had printed classified information from Clinton's email server from her home computer.