FBI is still holding Huma Abedin's emails

By Nathan Rousseau Smith, Buzz60

It has been weeks since the presidential election and the FBI is still holding onto Huma Abedin's emails found on Anthony Weiner's computer.

A justice department lawyer speaking to a federal judge said Abedin's 650,000 emails have not been handed over to the state department and that there's no time frame for doing so.

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Political aide Huma Abedin arrives for the "Glamour Women of the Year Awards" in the Manhattan borough of New York November 9, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Mayorial candidate Anthony Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin campaigning on W. 111 St. (Photo by Andrew Savulich/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner attend the 2015 amfAR New York Gala at Cipriani Wall Street on February 11, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
US Democratic presidential candidate Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) (R) walks with her traveling chief-of-staff Huma Abedin as they approach a group of police officers after cancelling a rally in Fort Worth, Texas February 22, 2008. A Dallas police officer was killed Friday when his motorcycle struck a pillar as he was escorting democratic presidential candidate Senator Clinton to a rally in Dallas. Clinton cancelled the rally in Forth Worth, saying it would be inappropriate to hold a rally in light of the tragic circumstances. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (UNITED STATES) US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN 2008 (USA)
COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA - MAY 27: Staffer Huma Abedin helps former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton decide what special treats to buy at Main Street Bakery in Columbia, South Carolina, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Secretary Clinton left with around dozen cupcakes. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: Huma Abedin attends Ryan Piers Williams' 'Monsters And Landscapes' Exhibition - Opening Reception at The Garfield Building on January 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
Huma Abedin attends 'The Beguiled' screening in New York City, U.S. June 22, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala - Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-Between - Arrivals - New York City, U.S. - 01/05/17 - Huma Abedin. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Top aide Huma Abedin (C), and Senior Policy Advisor Jake Sullivan (R) listen to U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (not pictured) at her concession speech to President-elect Donald Trump in New York, U.S.. November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin attend a news conference in New York, U.S. on July 23, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Thayer/File Photo
U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton talks to staff members, including aide Huma Abedin (L), onboard her campaign plane in White Plains, New York, U.S. October 28, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Huma Abedin, aide to U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, looks on as Clinton makes a campaign stop to greet picketing Verizon workers who are out on strike in the Manhattan borough of New York April 13, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 15: Rory Tahari (L) and Huma Abedin attend the 'Crown Heights' New York premiere at Metrograph on August 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 15: Actor/producer Nnamdi Asomugha and Huma Abedin attend the 'Crown Heights' New York premiere at The Metrograph on August 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
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Commenting on the news, the judge expressed shock at how empty his courtroom was compared to when the email scandal was a hot topic.

In October, with less than two weeks until the election, FBI director James Comey revealed the email discovery while conducting an investigation into Weiner's alleged sexting habits.

The emails did not result in any criminal charges for Hillary Clinton, but Clinton blames the incident for being one of the reasons she lost the election.

The state department will continue releasing on a monthly basis batches of the Clinton emails recovered from her private email server.

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