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Clinton aide Abedin signed State Dept. pledge before leaving

Greg Nash

Longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin signed a pledge stating that she had given all work-related documents back to the State Department when she left office, despite the fact that some of her emails did not make it back to the government’s hands until years later.

The Daily Caller on Friday received a copy of the “separation statement” — formally known as an OF-109 form — as result of a lawsuit filed under the Freedom of Information Act. 

{mosads}As part of the agreement, Abedin promised to “have surrendered to responsible officials all classified or administratively controlled documents and material with which I was charged or which I had in my possession.”

She also pledged to have given up all documents “containing classified or administratively controlled information” given during the course of her work, as well as “all unclassified documents, and papers relating to the official business of the government acquired” while in office.

Despite her signature on the form, however, Abedin retained an email address on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server. Her messages from that server were not handed over to the government until years after she left office in 2013.

In signing the form, Abedin also acknowledged that she could be subject to “criminal penalties” for lying on the document.

It’s unclear whether Abedin would be subject to prosecution, given the unusual nature of Clinton’s private email setup. Yet the revelations Friday add to days of reports that the FBI has expanded its probe into Clinton’s personal server and whether classified information was mishandled.  

Abedin served as deputy chief of staff while Clinton served as the nation’s top diplomat. She is currently the vice chairwoman of Clinton’s Democratic presidential campaign.

In addition to Abedin’s form, the Daily Caller also revealed an OF-109 form for Cheryl Mills, Clinton’s former chief of staff. However, Mills did not appear to have signed the form.

Earlier this year, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters that the department did “not have any record” of Clinton herself signing a document.

“I think we’re fairly certain she did not,” Psaki said, while also noting that Clinton’s predecessors did not appear to have signed the form. “We have no record of it.”

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