John Podesta: Huma Abedin "Complied To The Best Of Her Ability" With FBI Investigation

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In an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta says Huma Abedin has been "completely cooperative" with authorities.

"John, she hasn't been completely cooperative if she didn't turn over every device that had State Department emails on them," replied Tapper. "And this one computer did."

Tapper follows up: "Have you asked Huma Abedin what is on the computer and why she didn't turn it over when she said she had surrendered all of her devices?"

"We don't know what computer Mr. Comey is talking about," Podesta said. "You're assuming a lot of facts that we don't know. As I said, she has been fully cooperative with the authorities. And they have recognized that. We could sit here and speculate--"

"I'm not speculating sir," Tapper said. "Our reporting is that it was a laptop computer that belonged to Anthony Weiner, and they found State Department emails on that laptop. That's reporting, 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've seen in the press today," Podesta claimed.

TAPPER: Have you asked Huma Abedin why she did not turn over this computer that is now being reviewed by the FBI?

PODESTA: 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. So it's very hard...

TAPPER: But, John, she hasn't been completely cooperative if she didn't turn over every device that had State Department e-mails on them, and this one computer did.

PODESTA: I think it's clear -- I think it's clear that she complied to the best of her ability turned everything over that she had in her possession. I don't know anything more than the speculation that's running wild in the press now about what this is about. I have talked to her, of course, but...

TAPPER: Have you talked to her? 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?

PODESTA: We don't know what computer Mr. Comey is talking about. You're assuming a lot of facts that we don't know. 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...

TAPPER: I'm not speculating, sir. 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?

PODESTA: 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.


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