When then-FBI Director James Comey announced he was closing the Hillary Clinton email investigation for a second time just days before the 2016 election, he certified to Congress that his agency had “reviewed all of the communications” discovered on a personal laptop used by Clinton’s closest aide, Huma Abedin, and her husband, Anthony Weiner.
At the time, many wondered how investigators managed over the course of one week to read the “hundreds of thousands” of emails residing on the machine, which had been a focus of a sex-crimes investigation of Weiner, a former Congressman.
Comey later told Congress that “thanks to the wizardry of our technology,” the FBI was able to eliminate the vast majority of messages as “duplicates” of emails they’d previously seen. Tireless agents, he claimed, then worked “night after night after night” to scrutinize the remaining material.
But virtually none of his account was true, a growing body of evidence reveals.
In fact, a technical glitch prevented FBI technicians from accurately comparing the new emails with the old emails. Only 3,077 of the 694,000 emails were directly reviewed for classified or incriminating information. Three FBI officials completed that work in a single 12-hour spurt the day before Comey again cleared Clinton of criminal charges.
But don’t worry, everything was being handled by the agent in charge . . . Peter Strzok.
Although 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.
As former House Oversgith Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz suggests in the video below, does this not indicate Comey committed perjury?
Disturbing only because Weiner should know one when he sees one.
Don’t laugh at Weiner. His wife Huma Abedin will be running the country side by side with Hillary Clinton should Mrs. Clinton win the presidency. It’s hard to imagine Anthony won’t be playing some part in that.
Anthony Weiner’s stubborn refusal to stay in the New York City mayoral race and not slink away into the shadows could have national political implications because of a little known fact: His wife Huma Abedin leads a Hillary Clinton “transition team” that could form the nucleus of her presidential campaign.
If Abedin continues her “stand by your man” routine and Weiner remains in the race, the Hillary Clinton may have to decide whether to divorce herself from someone who for years has been perhaps her most trusted aide.
Signals are already being sent. In a New York Post piece, the Clintons are described as angry not just at Weiner, but at Abedin too:
“The Clintons are upset with the comparisons that the Weiners seem to be encouraging — that Huma is ‘standing by her man’ the way Hillary did with Bill, which is not what she in fact did,’’ said a top state Democrat.
The very last thing Hillary would need as the presidential campaign begins to ramp up is a person beside her who perpetually reminds voters of the ignominious sex scandal that nearly brought down Bill Clinton.
It would be a stunning exercise in hypocrisy for the former first lady – who stood by Bill after he had sullied the presidency by engaging in sexual activity in the Oval Office with an intern – to sideline Abedin for doing something similar for her husband.
Bill and Hillary arguably pioneered the art of political resurrection from stigma of smutty, psychopathic behavior. But with the presidency at stake, the Clintons have long shown they’ll do what it takes to win.
Don’t believe any spin you read out of the White House or the DNC. This is huge. It is a complete rejection of the president, and I guarantee you his campaign is as worried as a lamb at a kabob shop.
I’m from New York. My aunt lives in the district, which is in Queens, and I’ve been going there all my life. This place is as not Republican as it gets. In fact, it hasn’t been represented by a Republican since the time of Woodrow Wilson.
The latest returns in the special election for New York’s Ninth Congressional District – forced by the resignation of Twitter Flasher Rep. Anthony Weiner – give Republican Bob Turner a commanding 53 percent of the vote to Democrat David Weprin’s 47 percent.
Turner framed the race as a referendum on President Obama. Exit interviews suggest voters were intent on sending a message to Obama about the economy.
Turner also appealed to the district’s heavily Jewish population to make a statement as well on Obama’s poor treatment of Israel. Turner is Catholic while Weprin is Jewish, suggesting clearly that voters had Obama on their mind – they couldn’t really have been concerned about a Jewish congressman’s votes on Israel.
In 2010, a bad year for Democrats, Weiner defeated Turner by 20 points. The wave of anger at the president and his policies that brought about Republican control of the House seems even more intense today.
Democrats spent heavily and sent in big guns like Bill Clinton and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo to try to save the seat.
During the interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts that was on the telly this morning, President Obama, who had just forced Rep. Anthony Weiner out of office against both the Congressman’s wishes and those of his constituents, said he DID IT FOR HIM.
I wish Rep. Weiner and his lovely wife well. Obviously, it’s been a tough incident for him, but I’m confident that they’ll refocus and he’ll refocus, and they’ll end up being able to bounce back.
I think it was just important for him to be able to focus on his family. And what’s most important, I think for all of us, is, how do the people we love … how are we interacting with them? And this gives him some time to do that.
Awwww. I’m sure Weiner called Obama and said, thank you FOR SCREWING ME.
This is truly (Bill) Clintonian in its level of self-delusion and abnegation of responsibility. Obama earlier this week finished Weiner off by signaling the White House wanted him out, saying “I can tell you that if it was me, I would resign.” What’s more, he did it because it had become clear to Democratic leaders that Weinergate had become a big political loser, as I wrote today in POLITICO, jeopardizing things like, you know, Obama’s reelection.
This is like if Henry VIII told Anne Boleyn he was removing her head to improve her appearance. Not really very believable, but it makes the executioner feel a lot better.
President Obama today sent his own unmistakable message to disgraced Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) that it’s time for him to quit Congress.
“I can tell you that if it was me, I would resign,’’ Obama said during an interview with NBC Today’s Ann Curry.
“When you get to the point where, because of various personal distractions, you can’t serve as effectively as you need to, at the time when people are worrying about jobs, and their mortgages, and paying the bills — then you should probably step back,’’ Obama said.
The White House, which declined comment on the Weiner matter last week, has clearly calculated that the potential political damage for Democrats caused by the scandal must be nipped in the bud and that the affair has thrown the party off message.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney earlier today sent Weiner the same message, calling Weiner a “distraction” from “the important business” of government.
The White House today finally waded directly into the scandal surrounding Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), clearly suggesting – though not stating explicitly – that Weiner should resign.
“The president feels, we feel at the White House, this is a distraction, as Congressman Weiner has said himself, his behavior was inappropriate, dishonesty was inappropriate,” said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney aboard Air Force One.
Asked to clarify whether Weiner should resign, Carney said, “I answered that question. We think it’s a distraction from the important business that this president needs to conduct and congress need to conduct. Beyond that I don’t have any comment.”
While the wording is hedged, the message is very unambiguous: President Obama wants Weiner to resign.
The subtle wording could be due to the sensitivity of Obama’s position: Weiner’s wife Huma Abedin is a close aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Wiener and his wife were married by Bill Clinton. But the clear signal for Weiner to quit shows either that the Clinton’s have green lighted the move or the White House feels the political need to get rid of the Wiener issue outweighs any concerns that the Clintons might have.
Asked last week about Weiner, Carney refused to comment at all. The remarks he made today were in answer to questions from reporters traveling aboard Air Force One with the president, who is on his way to North Carolina for an event related to jobs.
Updated Saturday 5:12 pm The most sordid sight of the week was not to be found in Rep. Anthony Weiner’s Twitter account. It was located rather on Capitol Hill, in the form of the hideous view we were treated to of Weiner’s fellow Congressional Democrats sheepishly and ignominiously creeping away from him and trying to… Continue Reading
The White House today flatly declined to say anything about the scandal engulfing Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), apparently calculating that there could be only downside to allowing President Obama to wade into one of the most obscene and bizarre narratives to hit Washington in many years. “We have no comment on that story,” said White… Continue Reading