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Comey testimony on Clinton emails inaccurate: report

FBI officials have internally acknowledged that Director James Comey inaccurately stated the number of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRepublicans bail on Coffman to invest in Miami seat Katy Perry praises Taylor Swift for diving into politics Election Countdown: Small-donor donations explode | Russian woman charged with midterm interference | Takeaways from North Dakota Senate debate | O'Rourke gives 'definitive no' to 2020 run | Dems hope Latino voters turn Arizona blue MORE’s emails her longtime aide Huma Abedin forwarded to Anthony Weiner’s laptop during Senate testimony last week, ProPublica reported Tuesday.

The agency is weighing how to correct the record and considering sending a letter to Congress.

In an appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Comey told lawmakers that the bureau had uncovered “hundreds and thousands” of emails that Abedin forwarded to her then-husband, former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), to print out. Some of those emails, Comey said, were classified.  

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But ProPublica reported that investigators found Abedin forwarded only a handful of emails to Weiner to print. She did not make a “regular practice” of doing so, as Comey had testified.

It’s unclear how many of the forwarded emails, if any, were among the 12 emails considered classified that Comey said were found on Weiner’s laptop. It’s also unclear how the mistake occurred.

The discovery of the Clinton emails on Weiner’s laptop — uncovered during a separate probe into allegations that Weiner had sent sexually explicit messages to a minor — led Comey to send a bombshell letter to Congress that the bureau had effectively reopened its investigation into Clinton’s private email server, then considered closed.

The letter, sent 11 days before Election Day, threw the campaign into turmoil. Clinton has assigned part of the blame for her loss to Comey’s decision.

He later announced that the FBI had found nothing on the laptop to change its original conclusions, announced in July, that no charges were appropriate.

Comey told lawmakers last week in a detailed testimony of his actions that “somehow, [Clinton’s] emails are being forwarded to Anthony Weiner, including classified information, by her assistant, Huma Abedin.”

Abedin, he testified, “appears to have had a regular practice of forwarding emails to him, for him I think to print out for her so she could then deliver them to the Secretary of State.”

Pressed by Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzElection Countdown: Small-donor donations explode | Russian woman charged with midterm interference | Takeaways from North Dakota Senate debate | O'Rourke gives 'definitive no' to 2020 run | Dems hope Latino voters turn Arizona blue White vote is 'fundamental problem' for Texas Dems, political analysts says Houston Chronicle endorses Beto O'Rourke in Texas Senate race MORE (R-Texas) on how Abedin could forward “hundreds or thousands of classified emails” without violating statute, Comey clarified: “If I said that, I misspoke. She forwarded hundreds and thousands of emails, some of which contain classified information.”

The Hill reached out to the FBI for comment but did not receive a reply by the time this story was published.