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State Department discovers 2,800 government documents on Anthony Weiner's personal laptop

Former congressman Anthony Weiner , right, and his estranged wife, Huma Abedin leave court after appearing before a judge to ask for privacy in their divorce case, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in New York. Abedin was a top aide to Democrat Hillary Clinton and split with Weiner after he repeatedly sent sexually explicit material to other women. Weiner is to be sentenced later this month for sending obscene material to a 15-year-old girl. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The U.S. Department of State has discovered 2,800 government documents belonging to Huma Abedin on the personal laptop of her estranged husband, former New York congressman Anthony Weiner, according to conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch.

Abedin was deputy chief of staff to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Judicial Watch cites a lawsuit filed against the State Department as the source of the information.

The nonprofit initially filed a Freedom of Information Act request seeking all emails sent or received by Abedin via a non-official email address.

When the State Department failed to respond, the group took it to court, and a judge ordered the documents released.

“The State Department has identified approximately 2,800 work-related documents among the documents provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” the State Department's court filing reads.

Some records, the government warns, may be "duplicative," or counted twice.

The review and production is ongoing and is not expected to be completed until the end of 2017.

Work-related documents belonging to Abedin were first discovered on Weiner's laptop during an unrelated investigation of the former congressman for sending sexual text messages to an underage girl. Weiner was recently sentenced to 21 months in prison in that case.

The FBI has previously released hundreds of pages of documents detailing interviews with Clinton, her staff, and State Department personnel during its investigation of Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state.

These records include summaries of interviews with FBI officials and employees of companies that were involved with servicing Clinton's server. Then-FBI Director James Comey concluded in July 2016 that there was not enough evidence to pursue criminal charges.

This is far from the first time Judicial Watch has sought and obtained documents relating to Clinton's tenure as first lady and as secretary of state.

The organization is also fighting for the release of drafts of an indictment against Clinton that was never filed over the Whitewater investigation in the 1990s. Justice Department attorneys have objected to that request because Clinton was ultimately not charged with a crime.

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