WASHINGTON — A top aide to Hillary Clinton did not forward "hundreds and thousands" of emails to her husband's laptop as FBI Director James Comey recently testified to Congress, according to a person familiar with the investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server.
Comey, testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, provided new details about the email server investigation and his reason for alerting Congress just before Election Day to the new discovery of emails on the laptop of former Rep. Anthony Weiner. The congressman separated last year from Huma Abedin, the Clinton aide.
He said Abedin was in the practice of forwarding emails to the laptop to be printed out for Clinton, saying at one point that "hundreds and thousands" had been forwarded.
But a person familiar with the investigation, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss the testimony publicly, says that was a misstatement of the number of emails involved.
Comey said that some of the emails contained classified information, but the person said Abedin never forwarded anything that was marked classified.
The FBI sent a letter Tuesday afternoon to Congress correcting the record on Comey's testimony on Abedin.
In the letter, the FBI says Comey misspoke when he said Abedin had forwarded "hundreds and thousands" of emails to the laptop of her husband, former Rep. Anthony Weiner.
The FBI says only a small number of the emails found on the laptop were a result of forwarding. Most occurred as a backup from other electronic devices.