Weiner Gets Hostile When Asked About His Wife Huma Abedin’s Security Clearance

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Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D., N.Y.) got defensive when MSNBC reporter Kelly O’Donnell asked him about the security clearance of his wife Huma Abedin, a longtime Hillary Clinton aide.

Abedin worked for Clinton at the State Department and has been a part of her private email sever scandal. During a deposition with Judicial Watch, Abedin admitted she became frustrated by the private server due to Clinton’s emails getting stuck in her government secure email spam filter.

Weiner got heated when O’Donnell asked, "Do you have any worry there will be a challenge put to Huma Abedin, your wife’s security clearance or her access to classified information after everything that has happened with the private server in the Clinton home?"

The question irked Weiner, who became defensive over his wife and has a reputation for getting feisty with reporters.

"I’m puzzled by this," Wiener said. "The FBI, the same people that Donald Trump goes around saying did this investigation that found these things about the private server, the same people do the security clearances."

While the Department of Justice declined to press charges against Hillary Clinton, the FBI did say she was "extremely careless" handling classified information over her home-brewed server.

Weiner turned the conversation around to hit Trump, the Republican nominee, saying, "You can’t be the law and order candidate and then piss on the FBI, say the military is horrible, say that all of just never been worse off, say that the police are doing a terrible job while crime is up."

Some experts have said that Clinton’s senior aides would struggle to get security clearances if she wins the presidency in November because of their role in the email scandal.

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