While working my way through the Inspector Generals report on the Hillary Email investigation I came across one FBI Agent who is clearly a man with principle and integrity… Something that unfortunately deviates from the norm in the report.
I wish every American citizen would actually read the entire report for themselves, especially those listening and relying on the information they are getting from the liberal media like CNN and MSNBC who are doing everything they can to minimize the content of the report. They seem to believe that because the Inspector General could not reach a definitive conclusion that bias influenced the investigation, that the widespread blatant bias expressed by every agent assigned to the case is insignificant… IT IS NOT!
In the midst of the report though, beginning near the end of page 302 starting at section VI, there appears the senior case agent in New York who was working the Anthony Weiner kiddie diddler case who stumbled upon hundreds of thousands of emails between Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin. This agent should be held up as an example for all FBI agents… His actions are that of a man who epitomizes what true integrity and objective, unbiased decision making looks like.
On October 03, 2016, while executing a search warrant on Anthony Weiner’s laptop he discovered a significant number of emails between Huma Abedin and Hillary Clinton using a number of different email addresses. In an email dated October 03, 2016 he stated:
“A “significant number” of emails on the Weiner laptop “appeared to be between Huma Abedin and Hillary Clinton (the latter appears to have used a number of different email addresses).”
The case agent also pointed out that he was unable to review any of the emails that Anthony Weiner was not a part of since the warrant was specific to emails related to Anthony Weiner. This email was inserted into the Weiner Case file on the FBI’s case management system on October 05, 2016.
When this case agent, who would have been the only one authorized to release an image of the laptop’s hard drive was interviewed by the Inspector General the case agent explained his concern with the following statement:
“The crickets I was hearing was really making me uncomfortable because something was going to come crashing down… And my understanding, which is uninformed because… I didn’t work the Hillary Clinton matter. My understanding at the time was I am telling you people I have private Hillary Clinton emails, number one, and BlackBerry messages, number two. I’m telling you that we have potentially 10 times the volume that Director Comey said we had on the record. Why isn’t anybody here? Like, if I’m the supervisor of any CI squad in Seattle and I hear about this, I’m getting on with headquarters and saying, hey, some agent working child porn here may have [Hillary Clinton] emails. Get your ass on the phone, call [the case agent], and get a copy of that drive, because that’s how you should be. And that nobody reached out to me within, like, that night, I still to this day I don’t understand what the hell went wrong.”
This agent is clearly disturbed by the lack of response from the people working the Hillary Clinton case—and rightfully so. As time passed this case agent was getting more and more disturbed by the lack of action out of Washington, so not knowing what else to do, he scheduled a meeting on October 19, 2016, with two SDNY AUSA’s assigned to the Weiner investigation.
The case Agent described AUSA 1, the lead prosecutor, as a friend. He said he was hoping that AUSA 1 would get the attention of Preet Bharara, who was the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 2009 to 2017, that he might “kick some of these lazy FBI folks in the butt and get them moving.” The case agent stated he told the AUSA’s about the emails in detail saying:
“And I told her, I’m a little scared here. I don’t know what to do because I’m not political. Like I don’t care who wins this election, but this is going to make us look really, really horrible. And it could ruin the case too. And… I said the thing that also bothers me is that Comey’s testimony is inaccurate. And as a big admirer of the guy, and I think he’s a straight shooter, I wanted to, I felt like I needed to know, like, we got this. And I didn’t know if he did.”
Clearly, this agent was concerned about the integrity of the FBI and was even concerned about Comey’s integrity because he thought he was an honest man… He was fooled like everyone else… As we now know Comey is only concerned about maintaining what he perceives as his God-like persona who is the ultimate authority and judge of everyone.
What is impressive about his statement above is that he seems to honestly not give a damn about who was going to win the election… He is a professional investigator who was only concerned about making sure the facts were uncovered and that justice, regardless of who it helped or hurt was carried out in a fair and equitable manner.
My above assessment is backed up by the statements made to the IG by the two ASUA’s. According to the IG report, both ASUA’s told the IG that the case agent appeared to be very stressed and worried that somehow he would be blamed in the end if no action was taken. AUSA 1 told the IG that the case agent was worried that the information relating to the Clinton emails had not been provided to the right people and AUSA 2 observed the case agent “was getting, for lack of better word, paranoid that, like, somebody was not acting appropriately, somebody was trying to bury this.”
In other words, the case agent had been around long enough to know that something was wrong and he did not want to end up their fall guy.
The meeting the case agent had resulted in the ASUA’s scheduling a meeting with their supervisors at SDNY. The ASUA’s told their supervisors about what had transpired with the case agent and his concerns and also told them they were concerned by how stressed out the case agent seemed and that they were afraid he may act out in some way.
The case agent was right about the word getting to Preet Bharara because the SDNY Deputy U.S. Attorney Joon Kim told the IG that after he was briefed on the issue he discussed it with Preet Bharara and other supervisors in the office and the SDNY leadership made the decision to call the Deputy Attorney General (ODAG). Joon Kim told the IG:
“I remember our discussing it and saying, look, it’s not really our business. And, but maybe to be safe we should reach out and call.”
Classic bureaucrat thinking… They know they have all this information pertaining to a major investigation dealing with our national security and a leading Presidential Candidate and they have to think about doing something? Not their business? Give me a break! Thank God that case agent had real integrity and had the good sense to know when something so important needed attention… It doesn’t sound like his superiors did.
Eventually, this led to the biased investigators working on the Hillary Clinton email case acknowledging the existence of the emails and getting a copy of the drive to review them from the senior case agent on the Weiner case. Of course, we now know that we were lied to about the content of these emails and the seriousness of the security violations by Hillary Clinton who should be sitting in prison right now.
On October 21, 2016, the senior case agent in charge of the Weiner case that made sure the right thing was done made some calls thanking those who helped get the attention of those in Washington and wrote the following to his SSA and another agent at 5:51 p.m.:
“Just got a call from SDNY. [The AUSAs] understood my concerns yesterday about the nature of the stuff I have on Weiner computer (ie, that I will be scapegoated if it comes out that the FBI had this stuff). They appreciated that I was in a tight spot and spoke to their chain of command who agreed.
So they called down to DOJ, who will apparently now make a decision on what to do. This is a good thing according to SDNY because it means we (FBI C20) went above and beyond to make known that the material was of potential concern. It is out of my hands now so now I know I did the right thing by speaking up.
SDNY probably will talk to crim management at NYO to inform them that DOJ is aware and handling. I feel much better about this now. But I wanted you to have a heads up in case [the ASAC] called you.”
I am someone who believes based on what we have seen recently and the information in the IG report only makes me believe even more that the corruption within the FBI is not just a management, or “7th-floor” issue… I believe the problem is systemic. If you read the IG report you will see that there were way more than just the two agents, Strozk and Page who were exchanging inappropriate messages to one another and the sentiments expressed by agents on the job more than twenty years were not formed overnight… They learned over the years they could get away with this sort of conduct.
When I ran across this one agent who was not corrupt I felt he deserved some recognition, even if the IG report does not identify him by name… I wish it would because he deserves credit for sticking to his guns and doing the right things without letting personal bias cloud his judgment. He is the sort of FBI agent that I have known in the past… I hope there are many more like him out there, though I have my doubts.
I am including the entire report in PDF format below if you are interested in reading it for yourself, which I highly recommend you do!
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