Saturday, we highlighted a stunning new report from RealClearInvestigations that revealed former FBI Director James Comey looked at less than 1 percent of the Hillary Clinton-related emails on Anthony Weiner’s laptop. It was a pretty big report and we tried to hit the key points to give you an idea of just what a big deal it was.
However, we might have missed one crucial bit that RCI revealed that looks exceptionally fishy.
Know who was responsible for selecting the emails Director Comey saw? Peter Strzok.
In an appearance on “The Ingraham Angle” Friday, RCI reporter Paul Sperry revealed just how serious the issue was.
“James Comey told Congress that they had reviewed all of the Clinton emails — hundreds of thousands — that were found on the Weiner laptop. But that was not true,” Sperry said. “They barely looked at any of them. Just 3,000 of 700,000.”
And where did those emails come from, you may ask?
“Three thousand out of 700,000 potentially relevant emails were actually, individually examined for classified information and incriminating evidence. Peter Strzok — the disgraced agent who was in charge of this ‘Midyear’ investigation into the Clinton emails — personally handpicked the 3,000 sample,” Sperry said, using the “Midyear Exam” codename the FBI used for the Clinton email investigation.
“And with two other investigators, they went through them all supposedly, pulled an all-nighter, ordered pizza, and said, ‘Nothing new here. Case closed once again.’”
This was, of course, the short version of it. RCI’s report is a long one, but take this nugget:
“By Oct. 4, the Weiner case agent had finished processing the laptop, and reported that he found at least 675,000 emails potentially relevant to the Midyear case (in fact, the final count was 694,000). ‘Based on the number of emails, we could have every email that Huma and Hillary ever sent each other,’ the agent remarked to colleagues. It appeared this was the mother lode of missing Clinton emails.
“But Strzok remained uninterested,” the story read. “’This isn’t a ticking terrorist bomb,’ he was quoted as saying in the recently issued inspector general’s report. Besides, he had bigger concerns, such as, ‘You know, is the government of Russia trying to get somebody elected here in the United States?'”
In other words, Strzok had pre-determined the real problem here. And James Comey assured Congress that the FBI had looked through all of these emails with technological wizardry and found no problem. And clearly none of this has anything to do with the thoughts expressed in those pesky text messages.
Former U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who was filling in for Ingraham, was incensed.
“As the former chairman of the (House Oversight) committee, and as a former member of Congress, how can that be anything other than the director of the FBI lying to Congress and misleading us?” he asked.
Comey, Sperry said, “swore under oath … that there was this miraculous breakthrough in technology that allowed the FBI to process the Weiner laptop for evidence rapidly. It turns out that doesn’t pass the smell test. That didn’t check out.”
None of this does. It’s time for a real investigation — particularly given the histories of Comey and Strzok.
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