FBI Director James Comey has come under fire from virtually every quarter of the Democrat establishment over his decision to re-open the investigation — yes, re-open the investigation — into Hillary Clinton’s penchant for slinging classified documents about the internet like so much spam. Yesterday, lame-duck-soon-to-be-fomer-embittered-at-the-Jimmy-Carter-level-president Barack Obama claimed that Comey had launched the investigation based on innuendo.
This seems to not be the case.
Senior FBI officials were informed about the discovery of new emails potentially relevant to the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server at least two weeks before Director James B. Comey notified Congress, according to federal officials familiar with the investigation.
The officials said that Comey was told that there were new emails before he received a formal briefing last Thursday, although the precise timing is unclear.
The information goes beyond the details provided in the letter that Comey sent to lawmakers last week declaring that he was restarting the inquiry into whether Clinton mishandled classified material during her tenure as secretary of state. He wrote in the Friday letter that “the investigative team briefed me yesterday” about the additional emails.
The people familiar with the investigation said that senior officials had been informed weeks earlier that a computer belonging to former congressman Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) contained emails potentially pertinent to the Clinton investigation. Clinton’s top aide, Huma Abedin, shared the computer with her husband, from whom she is now separated.
Comey did not notify Congress as soon as he learned about the emails because officials wanted additional information before proceeding, the officials said.
What is presented here is a different set of facts than the Clinton campaign and her fluffers in the media, yes, Kurt Eichenwald, I am looking at you smacking your lips right now, are portraying the story.
The outlines of the story are:
There are some 650,000 emails on Huma Abedin’s various devices.
They are not all duplicates of emails that have been turned over the the FBI under the previous investigation. This, right here, screams perjury and obstruction of justice.
Some of those emails appear to FBI investigators to be classified.
The emails may not be directly to Abedin from Hillary but they are copies of virtually every email Hillary Clinton has sent over a period of years.
Apparently the FBI was well aware of the radioactive nature of their intended course of action and took a couple of weeks to do an initial review of Abedin’s email before informing Comey.
We can infer from this that Comey, him being a fairly astute guy if not one necessarily with the courage of his convictions, decided what was found warranted notifying Congress.
All of this adds up to the email on Abedin’s personal devices being much worse than we’ve been led to believe and this is not merely FBI overreach or a desire to dot the i’s and cross the t’s.
At some point, this investigation is going to be rolled into the investigation of the Clinton Foundation (see Dan Spencer’s post on the subject) — which is what should have happened from the very beginning rather than running two smaller investigations — as you can bet an large percentage of the nearly 3/4 of a million emails discovered are going to concern the activities of the Foundation.
This mess is not going to be cleared up before next Tuesday and if Clinton does manage to win, something that is no longer as sure as it was a week ago, she is going to spend her first “hundred days” trying to remove this alligator from her ass and not proposing an legislative agenda.