Friday, November 4, 2016
Emails: Clinton, aide weighed sending secure phone by FedEx
Associated Press by BRADLEY KLAPPER
Hillary Clinton and a senior aide discussed sending a secure cell phone to the secretary of state by FedEx or a personal courier, according to emails released Thursday. The State Department said either approach would have been acceptable, if the telephone was rendered inoperable for the journey.
The unusual exchange from 2010 begins with Clinton confidante Huma Abedin telling her boss that she would mail the secure phone from Washington before her husband, then-Rep. Anthony Weiner, takes her to the airport. Clinton asks if one of Weiner's assistants could make the delivery.
"OK I will (redacted) just fedex secure cell phone from dc. Anthony leaving office to bring me to airport now so hopefully will make it just in time," Abedin writes in the afternoon of Aug. 2, 2010.
"Maybe one of Anthony's trusted staff could deliver secure phone?" Clinton responds four hours later.
The emails show the degree of trust Clinton had for Weiner before he was hit by scandal. Abedin is perhaps Clinton's closest aide and Bill Clinton officiated at her wedding to Weiner.