The FBI has done a remarkable job of damaging its own reputation without President Trump’s help.
Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who resigned on Monday, knew about thousands of Clinton-related emails on disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner’s laptop a full month before then-FBI Director James Comey informed Congress about them, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.
The Journal reviewed emails between FBI agent Peter Strzok and his mistress, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, both of whom previously served on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference during the 2016 election.
Both FBI employees have come under scrutiny for a series of anti-Trump, pro-Hillary Clinton tweets in which they made disparaging comments about the New York billionaire and spoke of an “insurance policy” against a Trump presidency that was discussed at “Andy’s office”–potentially a reference to McCabe.
The texts reviewed by the newspaper showed that Strzok wrote to Page on September 28, 2016: “Got called up to Andy’s earlier hundreds of thousands of emails turned over by Weiner’s atty to sdny, includes a ton of material from spouse. Sending team up tomorrow to review … this will never end ….”
The September 28 date meant that McCabe was aware of the emails on Weiner’s computer for at least one month before Comey spoke to Congress about them on Oct. 28–just 11 days before the election.
At the time, the FBI was investigating Weiner–the husband of long-time Clinton aide Huma Abedin, for exchanging explicit messages with underage girls.
Friday’s release of the House Intelligence Committee’s controversial FISA memo revealed that McCabe and Comey were both among the top FBI and Justice Department officials to sign applications for FISA warrants to perform surveillance on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates also signed FISA applications.
According to the memo, McCabe admitted that “no surveillance warrant would have been sought from the FISC [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court] without the Steele dossier information.”
The memo also revealed that the FBI and Justice Department knew the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee were indirectly funding the dossier, but did not disclose that information to the FISA court.
A message from FBI Director Christopher Wray to the Bureau’s employees on Monday night suggested McCabe’s sudden departure was due to an upcoming Inspector General report examining the FBI’s conduct during the 2016 election.
McCabe will remain on the FBI’s payroll until he is eligible for retirement with full benefits in March.