National Security

Blumenthal Admits Abedin May Have Committed a Crime Sending Emails to Weiner

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D., Conn.) said Thursday that top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin may have committed a "prosecutable crime" if she sent classified information to her husband and former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner.

Blumenthal made the comment on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" after the show aired a clip of FBI Director James Comey telling the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that Abedin sent Weiner classified information. Co-host Willie Geist then asked Blumenthal to respond.

The Connecticut Democrat said Abedin's activity was "potentially a crime" but would not say whether she should be prosecuted.

"If there was classified information and it was improperly passed to a person unauthorized to receive it, yes, potentially it's a crime," Blumenthal said.

Co-host Joe Scarborough argued that Blumenthal's comments indicated Abedin committed a crime and asked the senator if Abedin should have been prosecuted.

Blumenthal seemed to dodge the question and left the decision to prosecute Abedin up to the Justice Department.

"The question of whether it should have been prosecuted–and it still may be potentially, it's not outside the statute of limitations, so far as I know–is one that the Department of Justice is going to have to decide," he said.