A prominent Washington watchdog has sued the federal government for access to the emails concealed on the laptop computer used by Anthony Weiner when his then-wife, Huma Abedin, was a close aide to Hillary Clinton and some of her government secrets were stored there.
Judicial Watch said this week it is suing the DOJ under the Freedom of Information Act for all the emails the FBI found on Weiner’s laptop.
A former congressman, he is incarcerated for sexually explicit communications with teenage girls.
The laptop has played its own starring role in the massive scandal over Hillary Clinton’s decision to run classified information through her private email server while she was secretary of state.
Judicial Watch previous lawsuit uncovered at least 18 classified emails from the Clinton server on the laptop.
The discovery of the emails on Wiener’s laptop prompted now-fired FBI Director James Comey to announce just days before the 2016 election that he was reopening the investigation into Clinton’s emails.
Comey then announced the investigation was being closed down again after declaring the FBI had “reviewed all of the communications” on the laptop.
Paul Sperry at RealClearInvestigations, however, revealed that virtually everything Comey said about the investigation of the laptop emails was wrong.
And most of the emails never were examined even by the “deep state” bureaucracy of career government employees.
Judicial Watch said it submitted a FOIA request to the FBI in 2016 seeking the emails. It appealed in 2017 the agency’s refusal, and the FBI has not responded to the suit.
“The Anthony Weiner laptop-Clinton email cover-up by the Obama DOJ and FBI is central to uncovering the corrupt politicization of those agencies,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The same FBI that provided cover for Hillary Clinton was going full bore against then-candidate Trump and this lawsuit aims to uncover the full truth about that corruption.”
The organization cited Sperry’s confirmation that only 3,077 of the 694,000 emails on the Weiner laptop were reviewed for classified or incriminating information.
The emails and their contents have been trouble for the establishment in Washington under Barack Obama.
For example, they revealed that fired FBI official Peter Strzok, whose text messages recently have been revealed to include discussions about a “leak strategy,” created the initial draft of the October 2016 letter Comey sent to Congress notifying lawmakers of the discovery of the emails on Weiner’s laptop.
But that came a full month after the emails were discovered.
An inspector general’s report on the issue suggested the delay may have been the result of anti-Trump bias by Strzok and others, Judicial Watch noted.
That report said, “In assessing the decision to prioritize the Russia investigation over following up on the midyear-related investigative lead discovered on the Weiner laptop, we were particularly concerned about text messages sent by Strzok and Page that potentially indicated or created the appearance that investigative decisions they made were impacted by bias or improper considerations.”