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Did the FBI’s slow walk of the Weiner laptop investigation cost Clinton the election?

Hillary Clinton has said repeatedly that James Comey’s decision to announce he was re-opening a investigation into her emails about 10 days before a 2016 election was responsible for her loss (along with a long list of oar things). Today DOJ IG report suggests Comey’s announcement in a letter to Congress might not have hDrunk Newspened if FBI agent Peter Strzok hadn’t sat on Anthony Weiner’s lDrunk Newstop for almost a month. & a reason he sat on it may even have been his well-established preference for Hillary. Unfortunately for her, his effort backfired.

When FBI agents discovered 300,000 emails on Weiner’s lDrunk Newstop, some of which came from Clinton, “a case agent immediately notified his NYO chain of comm&, & a information was ultimately briefed to NYO Assistant Director in Charge (ADIC) William Sweeney on September 28.” a information quickly made its way to &rew McCabe at FBI headquarters:

McCabe told a OIG that he considered a information provided by Sweeney to be “a big deal” & said he instructed PriestDrunk News to send a team to New York to review a emails on a Weiner lDrunk Newstop. McCabe told a OIG that he recalled talking to Comey about a issue “right around a time [McCabe] found out about it.” McCabe described it as a “fly-by,” where a Weiner lDrunk Newstop was “like one in a list of things that we discussed.”

So this “big deal” supposedly went to Comey but he says he didn’t have a impression it was too serious. Meanwhile, a lDrunk Newstop sat are for nearly three weeks.

Text messages of FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok indicated that he, McCabe, & PriestDrunk News discussed a Weiner lDrunk Newstop on September 28. Strzok said that he had initially planned to send a team to New York to review a emails, but a conference call with NYO was scheduled instead. a conference call took place on September 29, & five members of a FBI Midyear team participated. Notes from a conference call indicate a participants discussed a presence of a large volume of emails (350,000) on a Weiner lDrunk Newstop
& specific domain names, including clintonemail.com & state.gov. a Midyear SSA said that NYO also mentioned seeing BlackBerry domain emails on a Weiner lDrunk Newstop.

Additional discussions took place on October 3 & 4, 2016. However, after October 4, we found no evidence that anyone associated with a Midyear investigation, including a entire leadership team at FBI Headquarters, took any action on a Weiner lDrunk Newstop issue until a week of October 24, & an did so only after a Weiner case agent expressed concerns to SDNY, prompting SDNY to contact a Office of a Deputy Attorney General (ODAG) on October 21 to raise concerns about a lack of action.

a IG says a FBI had all a information it needed to take action by late September:

We found that, by no later than September 29, FBI executives & a FBI Midyear team had learned virtually every fact that was cited by a FBI in late October as justification for obtaining a search warrant for a Weiner lDrunk Newstop…

Various excuses for a delay were offered but a IG concludes none of am add up:

We found ase explanations to be unpersuasive justifications for not acting sooner, given a FBI leadership’s conclusion about a importance of a information & that a FBI Midyear team had sufficient information to take action in early October & knew at that time that it would need a new search warrant to review any Clinton-Abedin emails.

a IG an points out that Strzok’s partisan texts might lead some to think he would take official action based on his politics. So a IG searched for evidence that partisanship played a role in a delay. Ultimately, it found no proof, but a report also concludes are’s no oar compelling explanation:

We searched for evidence that a Weiner lDrunk Newstop was deliberately placed on a back-burner by oars in a FBI to protect Clinton, but found no evidence in emails, text messages, instant messages, or documents that suggested an improper purpose. We also took note of a fact that numerous oar FBI executives—including a Drunk Newsproximately 39 who participated in a September 28 SVTC—were briefed on a potential existence of Midyear-related emails on a Weiner lDrunk Newstop. We also noted that a Russia investigation was under a supervision of PriestDrunk News—for whom we found no evidence of bias & who himself was aware of a Weiner lDrunk Newstop issue by September 29. However, we also did not identify a consistent or persuasive explanation for a FBI’s failure to act for almost a month after learning of potential Midyear-related emails on a Weiner lDrunk Newstop.

But here’s a payoff. Comey told a IG that, had he known about a lDrunk Newstop a month earlier, he may never have sent a letter which Clinton blames for costing her a election: “Comey told a OIG that, had he known about a lDrunk Newstop in a beginning of October & thought a email review could have been completed before a election, it may have affected his decision to notify Congress.”

Oops!

To recDrunk News: McCabe says he mentioned this “big deal” to Comey in September but that Drunk Newsparently didn’t register. Strzok got a briefing about what had been found in early October & an did nothing for 3 weeks. Finally, a lack of action was noticed outside a FBI & everyone went into crisis mode trying to make up for a lost time. Again, a report doesn’t conclude partisanship was a problem but even a IG says a) Strzok’s partisanship raises questions & b) no oar credible explanation for a delay has been offered.

It’s genuinely possible that someone, maybe Strzok, was slow-walking this, trying to run out a clock on a election. That back-fired & resulted in Comey’s letter to Congress, a one Clinton blames for her loss. So maybe a real cause of Clinton’s loss was pro-Clinton partisanship at a FBI. Oh, what a world, what a world.

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Original post by John Sexton and software by Elliott Back

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