Huma Abedin, a longtime aide of Hillary Clinton, told lawyers the former secretary of state did not want her private emails on her private server to be accessible to “anybody,”according to transcripts released on Wednesday.
Abedin’s testimony sheds new light on the presumptive Democratic nominee’s decision to use a private email server in the basement of her home to conduct government business during her tenure as secretary of state.
Abedin testified that she was unaware of whether Clinton deleted any emails while she served as secretary of state. She also told lawyer that she could not recall whether she discussed her use of a private server with any officials from the State Department.
The former deputy chief of staff for Clinton now works for the Clinton campaign and travels with the presumptive Democratic nominee.
Abedin herself used the server on occasion to conduct government business, but she also used a government email address.
Clinton’s former senior aide is one of many former State Department officials who are being deposed by Judicial Watch, the conservative group who filed a civil lawsuit over the agency’s failure to turn over files under the FOIA (Freedom of Information Act).
The group released transcripts from the proceeding on Wednesday.