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Did Donald Trump predict Weinergate while talking to Dori?

Weinergate seems to have come out of nowhere eight days before the election. But Donald Trump may have predicted that Anthony Weiner’s indiscretions could come back to haunt the Clinton campaign while talking with Dori Monson two months ago.

On Friday, FBI Director James Comey’s announced that his bureau was reviewing new emails possibly relevant to previous investigations into Hillary Clinton’s private email server. The FBI is looking into whether there was classified information on a device belonging to Weiner, the ex-congressman who is married but separated from Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin.

Dori spoke to Trump on Aug. 29, the day after Abedin announced she was splitting from Weiner. Dori asked how Abedin‘s relationship with Weiner reflects on Clinton, to which Trump responded:

Terribly. I said a long time ago that she’s married to a guy who is a disaster. I’ve known him for a long time. Here’s a guy who, what he’s done over the internet is disgusting and he’s a pervert and just a very sick guy and she is married to him. And, you know, by the way, take a look at where she worked, by the way, and take a look at where her mother worked and works. You take a look at the whole event. But in the case of Anthony Wiener, she’s married to a guy who is uncontrolled and uncontrollable. He’s a sick person and she has access to classified information. Huma Abedin has access to classified information. How Hillary got away with that one, nobody will ever know. But to think that it’s very likely that much of this information, Anthony Wiener would know about and I think that’s something that was terrible. At the same time, knowing Wiener, I think Huma Abedin did a very, very smart thing when she finally decided to leave him. Very smart. She had no choice.

Will Weinergate matter?

Plenty has transpired on the campaign trail since Trump made these comments. That includes investigations into the Trump Foundation and questions about Clinton’s health, as well as revelations of Trump’s “locker room” talk, and further allegations of sexual assault from multiple women. How each controversy ultimately impacts the ballots remains up in the air.

The FBI has obtained a warrant to begin reviewing the recent emails from Weinergate but, as KIRO Radio’s Dave Ross notes, portions of the US will likely be underwater before they are all reviewed.

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