FBI agents knew there were hundreds of thousands of Hillary Clinton emails on a laptop belonging to the husband of top aide Huma Abedin weeks before they notified Congress, which was investigating the email scandal at the time, a new cache of documents obtained by Judicial Watch reveals.
The Washington watchdog said Wednesday it the new documents show the FBI “didn’t even bother to look at the emails, and then again only partially, for weeks.”
“The Clinton email scandal needs to be reviewed again and immediately by the Justice Department,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
The organization said it obtained 45 pages of FBI documents revealing a “significant number” of the 340,000 emails found on the laptop of disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner, in jail now on charges relating to sexting with a child, were between his wife at the time, Abedin, and Clinton.”
Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit in September after the Justice Department did not act on two FOIA requests.
Among the emails was one from an unidentified investigator to an unidentified FBI official on Oct. 3, 2016, that began, “Just putting this on the record because of the optics of this case.”
The investigator wrote that during “the course of my review of a computer seized from Anthony Weiner, a seizure and search of which was authorized by an SDNY [Southern District of New York] Search Warrant, I encountered approximately/at least 340,000 emails stored on the computer.”
“The large number of emails appears to be a result of a mail client program installed on that computer (such as Outlook) that pulled emails from servers belonging to both Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin,” the message said.
The investigator said “a significant number of these 340,000 emails appeared to be between Huma Abedin and Hillary Clinton (the latter who appears to have used a number of different email addresses). This is based simply a review of the header information. I did not review content of these emails, as the warrant only authorized me to view items that would give me probable cause to believe that CP [child pornography] evidence may reside therein.”
“SDNY is comfortable with me continuing my review as I have, which is to NOT read any emails to/from Anthony Weiner to which his wife, or a possible attorney is a party. Even if there is a third party on those emails, I will not review their content out of an abundance of caution. Obviously, I will not review any emails to which Anthony Weiner is not a party (such as emails between Ms. Abedin and Mrs. Clinton). I just wanted to formally bring this to your attention due to the pending election, the ongoing congressional investigation into the FBI’s own investigation into Ms. Clinton’s email activities, etc.,” the message said.
However, the notification to Congress came a full month later.
The delay, an inspector general’s report noted, “may have been the result of anti-Trump bias by FBI official Peter Strzok and others.”
The Weiner case agent reviewing the laptop started the process Sept. 26, 2016, and noticed “within hours” the mass of emails.
Judicial Watch noted RealClear Investigations reporter Paul Sperry reported that only 3,077 of the emails found on the Weiner laptop “were directly reviewed for classified or incriminating information.’
Three FBI officials completed that work in a single 12-hour session the day before FBI Director James Comey again cleared Clinton of criminal charges.
It was Strzok, the FBI agent who exchanged anti-Trump texts while leading the Clinton and the Russia investigations, who helped with a draft of a letter from Comey informing Congress of the emails.