On Tuesday, FBI investigators were continuing to examine the newly discovered emails and trying to discern how they ended up on a computer owned by Weiner. As of Tuesday morning, an official said, investigators had found no sign that the computer contained “new and bigger” evidence about Clinton. But the official said the FBI was deploying “all computers, all hands on deck” to sort through the high volume of emails and that “no one knows” what the emails contain.
— After another release of documents, FBI finds itself caught in a partisan fray, Rosalind S. Helderman, Tom Hamburger and Sari Horwitz, Washington Post, tonight
Yesterday in this post, in (again) pointing out the unlikelihood that Huma Abedin would have put tens of thousands of her personal emails onto her husband’s laptops hard drive, I mentioned that Weiner used that laptop for his own (very) personal things, of the sort that he probably wasn’t hoping his wife would see.
But tonight, after recovering from the shock (literally) of reading in that article that the FBI, too, recognizes the improbability that Abedin would have put tens of thousands of her personal emails onto her husband’s laptop, or that she would have used his laptop regularly for anything, much less for corresponding with Clinton–and that he would have let her use it regularly (all things considered)–something else occurred to me: Abedin was rarely at home during her years as Clinton’s aide at the State Dept. or, for that matter, afterward.
Clinton traveled very extensively as secretary of state, and Abedin was virtually always with her. When not traveling, she was at work at the State Dept. most of the time. Weiner himself was in New York most of the time after (I think) early 2011, when he resigned as a House member.
Which raises the question: How do you use a laptop long-distance?
There are, of course, other questions, too, like: Why would you want to use a laptop long-distance, even if you could? But I think the first question suffices to make the point.
So I’m guessing here that the FBI will start matching up the dates of those emails with Abedin’s schedule. For starters.
Doesn’t sound to me like the Russian cyberhacking corps is likely to have thought about this beforehand. Big mistake.