WASHINGTON: With Attorney General Jeff Sessions having recused himself from doing his job, it fell to the Inspector General for the U.S. Justice Department, Obama appointee Michael Horowitz, to get to the bottom of the FBI’s mishandling of its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s storage and transmission of top-secret State Department emails. It will be known as emailgate.
And that was the least interesting aspect of the 568-page report.
The Weiner that saved America
Far more compelling is how disgraced former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner’s creepy sexual compulsion dealt a considerable blow to the Clinton campaign, CIA, Justice Department, and FBI plot to concoct a Russia-collusion October surprise for the 2016 Trump presidential campaign.
The IG report classifies the Clinton email probe as the “Midyear Investigation,” which “focused on whether [Hillary] Clinton intended to transmit classified information on unclassified systems, knew that information included in unmarked emails was classified and failed to report it.”
After then-FBI Director James Comey announced there would be no prosecution of Hillary Clinton in July of 2016, the discovery of classified Clinton emails on the laptop computer shared by long-time Clinton aide Huma Abedin and husband Anthony Weiner changed all that.
One FBI investigation leads to another
You may recall that federal investigators became interested in the computer used by Carlos Danger – aka, Anthony Weiner – after he used it to send nude photos of himself to an underage girl.
It was later revealed that five Clinton emails marked “classified” were found among digital snapshots of Weiner’s, well, you know.
11 days before the presidential election, Comey sent Congress a letter announcing that new evidence recovered from the Abedin/Weiner laptop could contain “classified information, as well as assess their importance to our investigation.”
And with that, Clinton was once again a “person of interest” in the eyes of the FBI.
Strzok and Page: The FBI’s star-crossed sex-ters
According to the IG report, reopening of the Clinton email probe proved an unwelcome distraction for two of the FBI’s lead investigators and, as it turns out, lovers (there’s that sex thing again), Peter Strzok and Lisa Page:
“In assessing the decision to prioritize the Russia investigation over following up on the Midyear-related [Clinton] investigative lead discovered on the Weiner laptop, we were particularly concerned about text messages sent by Strzok and Page that potentially indicated or created the appearance that investigative decisions they made were impacted by bias or improper considerations. Most of the text messages raising such questions pertained to the Russia investigation, and the implication in some of these text messages, particularly Strzok’s August 8 text message (“we’ll stop” candidate Trump from being elected), was that Strzok might be willing to take official action to impact a presidential candidate’s electoral prospects.” (Emphasis added).
Now, here’s the interesting section:
“… the FBI Midyear [Clinton] team had sufficient information to take action in early October and knew at that time that it would need a new search warrant to review any Clinton-Abedin emails. Moreover, given the FBI’s extensive resources, the fact that Strzok and several other FBI members of the Midyear team had been assigned to the Russia investigation, which was extremely active during this September and October time period, was not an excuse for failing to take any action during this time period on the Weiner laptop.” (Emphasis added).
Emailgate: Hillary Clinton’s October Surprise
In other words, the FBI investigation into Anthony Weiner’s sexting turned out to be Clinton’s October surprise.
However, the excuse used by the Justice Department not to introduce a grand jury to the evidence against Hillary Clinton “involved concerns about exposing grand jurors to classified information,” said the IG report.
It’s curious the tired claim of “national security” was used to prevent a grand jury from handing down indictments against Hillary Clinton.
Especially when you consider the claim made by Agent Strzok himself:
“It’s also accurate to say that a sophisticated foreign actor would likely have known about her [Clinton’s] private email domain and would be competent enough not to leave a trace if they gained access.”
The Obama administration apparently believed it was fine and dandy for Russia and China to view Clinton’s secret government emails but not 12 to 23 good and true grand jury members.
And thus, the Clinton probe, which found irrefutable evidence that Hillary Clinton transmitted “classified information on unclassified systems,” was put to bed.
Getting back to Trump
This gave the same FBI actors time to follow up on the dubious charges (of a sexual nature, of course) against candidate Trump contained in the Steele dossier. A discredited document paid for by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
Unfortunately for the never-Trump FBI cabal, they weren’t able to get their manufactured “Trump/Russia collusion” narrative out and into the public domain until after Hillary Clinton’s humiliating defeat at the hands of Donald J. Trump, the nation’s 45th president.
In a flashback, the IG report recounts how one of the FBI sweethearts feared the possible failure of their pre-election plot:
“[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right?” a worried Lisa Page asked her lover and fellow FBI agent, Peter Strzok.
“No. No, he won’t,” said the married man to his mistress. “We’ll stop it.”
The hot and steamy macho bravado contained in Strzok’s promise may have wooed the gullible Page into the sack, but the American people ended up dumping cold water on the never-Trump couple while they engaged in refractory pillow talk.
Top Images: Inspector General report, Inspector General’s office.
Insets Peter Strzok (U.S. Government) and Lisa Page (Moritz College of Law).