With Hillary Clinton garnering headlines this week over the speculation that she may enter the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, a new book out details the “oh sh*t” moment stunned FBI agents found thousands and thousands of her private emails on Anthony Weiner’s laptop.
Weiner is married to Huma Abedin, Clinton’s long-time aide, and agents examined his electronic devices, to include his iPhone, iPad, and laptop, after it was revealed that he had been sending inappropriate messages to a minor, according to the book.
Titled “Deep State: Trump, the FBI, and the Rule of Law,” author James B. Stewart writes about the moment on Sept. 26, 2016 that agents came across the emails while looking for explicit text messages with the teen girl, according to the New York Post.
In a matter of hours, bureau technicians noticed there were 340,000 emails on the laptop between Clinton and Weiner’s wife — many of them from domain addresses such as “hillaryclinton.com” and “state.gov,” the newspaper reported.
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At an FBI briefing later that week, one participant said the revelation was like “dropping a bomb in the middle of the meeting.”
But the discovery fell through the cracks because top FBI officials were “overwhelmed” by the Russia probe, Stewart wrote.
A determined New York FBI agent was “scared” by what he had found and pressed his superiors to finish the job.
“I’m telling you that we have potentially ten times the volume that Director Comey said we had on the record,” the agent recounted to Stewart. “Why isn’t anybody here?”
Disgraced former FBI director James Comey reopened the investigation into Clinton’s emails less than two weeks before the election, with some claiming that this cost her the presidency.
In his book, released after he was fired by President Trump, Comey made it clear that he believed Clinton would win.
“Assuming, as nearly everyone did, that Hillary Clinton would be elected president of the United States in less than two weeks, what would happen to the FBI, the justice department or her own presidency if it later was revealed, after the fact, that she still was the subject of an FBI investigation?” Comey said.
Stewart also wrote about former FBI lawyer Lisa Page lying to her bosses about her affair with agent Peter Strzok. According to the book, Page told then-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe that they were never romantically involved.
Not only was Strzok the lead investigator in the Russian election interference probe, but he also headed up the investigation of Clinton’s use of a personal email server. Text messages between the two lovers surfaced during the investigation by former special counsel Robert Mueller.
Both had been assigned to Mueller’s inquiry and while Page had already returned to the bureau, Strzok was dismissed over the inflammatory anti-Trump text messages.
Stewart said Page was “acutely embarrassed, mortified” when she was confronted by McCabe in December 2016, the Post reported.
The fired deputy director reportedly told Page he had heard rumors of an affair.
“‘I know you and Peter are friends, but you have to be more careful,’” he allegedly said to Page, who was described as McCabe’s “confidante.”
“‘People are talking and this isn’t good for you,’” McCabe warned the bureau attorney, according to the book.
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