Hillary Clinton on Thursday night recalled the “terrible” day the FBI reopened its investigation into her use of private email after the feds confiscated Anthony Weiner’s laptop.
The former secretary of state opened up about the then-stunning development at the tail end of her failed 2016 presidential bid in a sit-down conversation alongside her former top aide and Weiner’s ex Huma Abedin at Manhattan’s 92nd Street Y.
“It was terrible for me because it just came out of nowhere,” Clinton said of the Oct. 28, 2016 decision by the-FBI Director James Comey.
“There was nothing to it. [The investigation] gets reopened, and then Sunday before the election it was like just kidding. It was just so unnecessary,” Clinton said during the sold out event to promote Abedin’s new memoir “Both/And.”
The FBI found thousands of emails exchanged between Clinton and Abedin while searching Weiner’s laptop as part of a criminal investigation into his sexting with a high school student.
But two days before the 2016 presidential election, the FBI declared there was nothing new in the emails and the agency concluded that neither Weiner nor Abedin had committed a crime in their handling of the email.
“It obviously impacted the outcome of the election,” Clinton said on Thursday night — referring to her eventual defeat to former President Donald Trump.
Following the FBI’s seizure of Weiner’s laptop, Clinton also revealed on Thursday that many people reached out to her to say she should fire Abedin.
“I said ‘Why is that?’ Clinton recalled. “And they said because of what happened.”
“And I said ‘What does she have to do with what happened? Why would I fire Huma?”
“Of course I didn’t and wouldn’t.”
With Post wires