Former FBI Director, James Comey, back in the hot seat. This time for claiming that his team had “reviewed all of the communications” from the laptops of Clinton’s closest aide, Huma Abedin, and her husband, Anthony Weiner. However, he just admitted to Congress that only 3,077 of the 694,000 emails were directly reviewed for classified or incriminating information.
Special attention has been given to Comey’s team’s ability to review hundreds of thousands of email in such a short time- just before 2016 elections. Most of the world was in disbelief they were able to look through them all, but Comey assured everyone his team did a thorough job… This guy just cannot keep his story straight!
At the very least, Comey put the key portion of the investigation in terrible hands.
According to Real Clear Investigations, the FBI’s New York office first pointed headquarters to the large new volume of evidence on Sept. 28, 2016, supervising agent Peter Strzok, who was fired on Aug. 10 for sending anti-Trump texts and other misconduct, did not try to obtain a warrant to search the huge cache of emails until Oct. 30, 2016. Violating department policy, he edited the warrant affidavit on his home email account, bypassing the FBI system for recording such government business. He also began drafting a second exoneration statement before conducting the search.
The search warrant was so limited in scope that it excluded more than half the emails New York agents considered relevant to the case.
During his testimony to Congress Comey said that thanks to their ‘wizardry’, referring to their supposed technology, they were able to eliminate hundreds of thousands of emails connected to the Clinton and Weiner investigations:
Comey: “There’s an election in 11 days, Lordy, that would be really bad. Concealing in my view would be catastrophic, not just to the FBI, but well beyond. And honestly, as between really bad and catastrophic, I said to my team we got to walk into the world of really bad. I’ve got to tell Congress that we’re restarting this, not in some frivolous way, in a hugely significant way.
And the team also told me, we cannot finish this work before the election. And then they worked night after night after night, and they found thousands of new emails, they found classified information on Anthony Weiner. Somehow, her emails are being forwarded to Anthony Weiner, including classified information, by her assistant, Huma Abedin. And so they found thousands of new emails and then called me the Saturday night before the election and said thanks to the wizardry of our technology, we’ve only had to personally read 6,000. We think we can finish tomorrow morning, Sunday.
And so I met with them and they said we found a lot of new stuff. We did not find anything that changes our view of her intent. So we’re in the same place we were in July.”
But isn’t it clear their ‘minds were made up’, from the beginning? That is definitely how it seems.