As the Investigation into the Clinton server continues, more people are being called in for depositions.
This time, Clinton’s closest aide, Huma Abedin’s deposition was on the 28th of June, with the transcript being released on the 29th.
The Overview of the Transcript goes over security issues, as well as State Department knowledge about the server during Clinton’s tenure as secretary.
The Daily Caller Reports:
Longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin said on Tuesday that the former secretary of state’s private email system was frustrating and sometimes interfered with Clinton’s ability to do her job…
…Abedin discussed her frustration with Clinton’s email system after being asked about a Nov. 2010 email exchange in which she told Clinton that they “should talk about putting you on a state email or releasing your email address to the department so you are not going to spam.”…
…Asked what she meant when she suggested that Clinton release her email address to the State Department, Abedin claimed that she was frustrated with the problems with Clinton’s email system.
Also notable from the Abedin deposition: she said she had nothing to do with setting up the ClintonEmail.com server; she was unaware the server existed until she was given her own email account on it. She said her account setup was mostly handled by senior staffer Justin Cooper, rather than Bryan Pagliano, the Clinton IT technician who ended up invoking the Fifth Amendment 125 times to avoid testifying about the email server.
She expressed her belief that only she, Hillary Clinton, and Mrs. Clinton’s daughter Chelsea had email accounts on the ClintonEmail.com server. Abedin insisted that she only used her ClintonEmail account for personal messages, using her state.gov account for official State Department business, although she was aware Clinton never had a proper state.gov address.
Abedin (rather improbably) claimed no one at the State Department ever discussed Freedom of Information Act policies with her.
“I don’t remember a specific FOIA briefing or training,” she said. “But there were many transition trainings that took place when we first arrived at the State Department.” She conceded that she might have been provided with FOIA manuals, but does not remember them if so. Abedin added that she was uncertain as to whether Hillary Clinton was given any FOIA training.
“Q: And did your position change at all while you were at the State Department?A: Yes, it did.
Q: Okay. When did it change, and how did it — what did it change to?
A: It changed, if my memory serves me correctly, in the last six months it was about June of 2012, and I transitioned to being a senior advisor to the Office of the Secretary.
Q: Okay. And why did the change take place?
[Attorney]: Objection. Instruct the witness not to answer”.
Nobody in the State Department ever discussed FOIA rules with her:
Q: Did you ever discuss any FOIA requests with anybody in the Secretary’s office during your tenure there?
A: I don’t have any memory of — of doing so.
Q: Okay. How about FOIA in general; do you recall any discussions that you may have had either with Cheryl Mills, Secretary Clinton, or anybody else in the Secretary’s office, about FOIA?
A: It wasn’t anything that I remember having discussions about.
Once again, an email was sent to an aide of clinton warning them about FOIA searchers:
How is it possible that Abedin was never notified of this?
Huma does not remember specific details of any discussions with State Department officials about the use of clintonemail.com email accounts:
Q: Did you consult with anyone from Clarence Finney’s office about the use of the clintonemail.com for State-related matters? And when I said “you,” either for — on your behalf or on behalf of the Secretary.
A: I don’t recall any conversations.
Q: All right. Did you or the Secretary or anyone on behalf of the Secretary consult with anybody in Patrick Kennedy‘s office about your use of the clintonemail.com accounts for State Department business?
A: Not that I remember.
Q: Okay. How about with anyone in the IRM office or the Executive Secretariat; did you or the Secretary or anyone on behalf of the Secretary consult with them about your use of the clintonemail.com accounts for State Department business?
A: Not that I remember.
Q: Did you consult with anybody at the State Department or did the — Secretary Clinton consult with anybody at the State Department or anyone on her behalf about the use of the clintonemail.com accounts for State Department business?
A: I don’t remember any conversations like that.
Sigh… Here’s MORE evidence that this did take place.
The Huma Abedin testimony is filled with flip-flops and holes in the story. What exactly happened during this time? who did Abedin consult with? What exactly was the server discussed about? Why did the server appear in several emails? Why all the errors?
Well, hopefully Patrick Kennedy can give us some answers.