By Brendan Pringle
Former FBI Director James B. Comey misled Congress when he testified that the FBI had reviewed the 694,0000 emails discovered on a personal laptop used by Clinton aide Huma Abedin and her husband, Anthony Weiner.
In fact, only 3,077 of the emails – less than half of a percent – were reviewed by three FBI officials during the course of rushed, 12-hour session the day before Comey exonerated Clinton of criminal charges for a second time, just two days before the 2016 election.
At the time, critics were skeptical that the Bureau could review so many emails in just a few weeks because it had taken a year to investigate an original cache of 30,000 emails discovered on the private server Clinton used for official work as Secretary of State.
Comey had credited “the wizardry” of technology and the diligence of countless agents working “night after night after night” to review the content, but new evidence brought to light during a months-long investigation by Paul Sperry of RealClearInvestigations, exposes Comey’s testimony as less than truthful.
The new evidence suggests that top level FBI officials in Washington and Attorney General Loretta Lynch initially sat on the new emails for a month. It was pressure from agents and prosecutors in New York who had discovered the emails and were afraid they would be blamed for a cover-up that finally forced the leaders to obtain a search warrant allowing them to examine the emails. Although they discovered new classified information that had been sent through the unsecured network, they chose not to prosecute anyone. In fact, Sperry reported, they did not interview Abedin until months after the election and never interviewed Weiner or Clinton.
Sperry’s reporting suggests that the FBI’s handling of the emails was politically motivated. Contrary to Clinton’s claim that the reopening of the email probe was an attempt to sabotage her campaign, the actions taken were meant to protect her he argues.
The second chapter of the email Clinton saga began about two months after the first one ended in July, when Comey said Clinton had been extremely careless in her handling of classified material in emails, but declined to prosecute her.
FBI investigators looking into sex crimes allegations against Weiner, discovered a large cache of emails relevant to Clinton on a laptop shared by Weiner and Abedin on September 26, 2016, . These included emails sent from Clinton’s Blackberry account that the FBI was unable to find in their 2015 investigation of Clinton.
According to a law enforcement official with direct knowledge of the investigation, most of the emails were never actually examined, despite the fact that the volume of potential evidence was ten times as great as the first investigation.
The official also revealed that even this cursory search yielded new classified and highly sensitive material sent and/or received by Clinton from her infamous basement server, which was “never previously sent out to the relevant original classification authorities for security review.” A few of the uncovered emails dealt with highly sensitive, classified information about Israel and the terrorist group Hamas.
Sources suggest that the “Weiner laptop” probe was suppressed from within and that the supposed investigation was nothing more than a show. Supervising agent Peter Strzok, who was ultimately fired last month for misconduct that included anti-Trump bias, waited until October 30, 2016 to try to obtain a warrant to search the emails, even though the FBI’s New York office first alerted headquarters to the evidence on September 28, 2016.
The warrant excluded emails before and after Clinton’s 2009-2013 tenure as secretary of state, even though the cache of emails spanned as far back as 2007. This would exclude the periods when Clinton set up her illicit private server and when thousands of emails suddenly vanished.
The authorities did not bother to interview Abedin or Weiner, said FBI sources who believe Comey conducted a cursory investigation, only after being forced to act by agents and prosecutors in New York.
The whistleblower agent in New York said he was told to delete the copy of the laptop hard drive, but that he believes the FBI is currently in possession of the actual machine with the evidence in-tact.
The Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) had previously revealed that practically all of Clinton’s emails were sent to a “foreign entity,” according to Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX). Back in July 2015, the FBI issued a referral to the Justice Department, warning that classified information may have been leaked to a foreign entity. Sources told The Daily Caller in August that it was actually a Chinese firm acting as a “front group” for the Chinese government that hacked Clinton’s private server, retrieving forwarded copies of the former Secretary of State’s emails in real time.
A five-year statute of limitations has expired on espionage crimes related to Clinton’s emails, but if the Weiner laptop investigation was reopened, Clinton could potentially be investigated for destruction of subpoenaed evidence, obstruction of justice and false statements that she provided during the congressional and FBI investigations that occurred from 2014-16.