Bombshell e-mails released on Monday have revealed that Hillary Clinton’s top aide at the State Department, Huma Abedin, carelessly left sensitive materials in the front seat of her car.
Abedin e-mailed a personal assistant asking for a “favor” involving “a bunch of burn stuff in the pocket of my front seat.”
She asked the assistant to move the material to her vehicle’s trunk, presumably realizing that the “burn stuff” is highly sensitive material that needs to be destroyed by the State Department.
Via the Daily Caller:
Emails released on Monday show that Hillary Clinton’s top State Department aide, Huma Abedin, left classified government information that needed to be burned in the front seat of her vehicle.
“Favor” is the subject of Abedin’s July 20, 2009 email to Lauren Jiloty, Clinton’s personal assistant. Judicial Watch obtained the records and hundreds more pages of Abedin emails as part of its ongoing Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the State Department.
“I’m going to have ambassador ride on next drive,” wrote Abedin. “There’s a bunch of burn stuff in the pocket of my front seat.”
And seemingly realizing the significance of her error, Abedin asked Jiloty to move the documents to a more secure location.
“Can u put in trunk?” she asked.
Jiloty told Abedin she would.
Further analysis of the email chains at that time seem to indicate Abedin and her boss were in India at the time – in a foreign country with sensitive material in the front seat of a car. Brilliant!
During a deposition in July, Abedin admitted that her boss destroyed her schedules as Secretary of State by using burn bags.
In response to the revelation, a lawyer asked “were you aware of your obligation not to delete federal records or destroy federal records?”
A former State Department official told the New York Post it was unprecedented for a diplomat to destroy a schedule using burn bags.
Richard Grenell, former diplomat and US spokesman at the United Nations, said “I’ve never seen anyone put their schedule in the burn bag — because every one of them had aemail address and therefore their daily schedules became public records, as required by law.”
We’re guessing that leaving the “burn stuff” in the front seat of your car is also unprecedented.