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An FBI agent who found the messages that led to the Hillary Clinton email investigation being reopened days before the 2016 election said the way the bureau handled the case was ‘not ethically or morally right’.
John Robertson feared he would be made a ‘scapegoat’ when he found the new emails less than two months before voting day, in the wake of DailyMail.com’s revelation that Anthony Weiner, whose wife Huma Abedin was Clinton’s top aide, was sexting an underage girl.
The article goes on to state the following:
Robertson watched nervously as the bureau did nothing for a month until he went outside the chain of command and spoke with the US Attorney’s office overseeing the case.
An article published Friday by the Washington Post shares an excerpt from Robertson’s forthcoming book, “October Surprise: How the FBI Tried to Save Itself and Crashed an Election,” to be published on September 22.
Robertson had found “hundreds of thousands of Abedin’s emails, including many that were to or from Clinton,” on Weiner’s laptop in late September 2016, “when he had gotten a search warrant to look for possible images of sex crimes involving children.”
The excerpt describes Robertson’s frustration and alarm over the FBI’s inaction after he flagged the issue of Abedin’s emails on the laptop to his supervisors at the end of September 2016. His bosses simply instructed Robertson to erase his computer work station. He later told internal investigators:
“The crickets I was hearing was really making me uncomfortable because something was going to come down. Why isn’t anybody here? Like if I’m the supervisor of any [Counterintelligence] squad … 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 it should be. And that nobody reached out to me within, like, that night, I still to this day don’t understand what the hell went wrong.”
On Oct. 19, Robertson met with Amanda Kramer and Stephanie Lake, the prosecutors on the Weiner case, hoping they “could get the attention of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara” who might “kick some of these lazy FBI folks in the butt and get them moving.”
Robertson was concerned that “James B. Comey’s testimony to Congress in July and September about the number of Clinton emails at issue was now outdated and incorrect,” and was afraid he would be blamed when the truth came out.
“I’m a little scared here,” he reportedly told Kramer and Lake. “I don’t care who wins this election, but this is going to make us look really, really horrible.”
The excerpt said both Kramer and Lake “tried to calm him down and warn him that going outside regular channels could destroy his career,” saying he would be prosecuted if he told outsiders about the emails.
Concerned that Robertson might turn into a whistleblower, the two prosecutors told their bosses about the emails on the laptop. The report was passed up the line to Bharara, who “was wary of getting out of his lane on a high-profile case like the Clinton emails.”
Concerned that he should document his concerns, the report states that Robertson sat down and wrote an email to himself, to have a written record of what had happened.
“I was told by [Kramer] that should I ‘whistleblow,’ I will be prosecuted, and she wished to ‘talk me out of it’ should I want to whistleblow. I was informed that this material” — the Clinton emails on Weiner’s laptop — “was obtained after the subpoena was served, and the subpoena is only for materials possessed at the time of service,” he wrote.
“I consider that lawyerly bulls—. I possess — the FBI possesses — 20 times more emails than Comey testified to (approx. 30,000 I believe. I have 600,000+). While Comey did not know at the time about what I have, people in the FBI do now, and as far as I know, we are being silent,” he added.
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Book: Obama DOJ threatened to prosecute FBI agent if he told anyone about Clinton emails on Weiner laptop. BTW, DOJ is still protecting Clinton. https://t.co/4E8WJYnLFB
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) September 18, 2020
I’m excited to read @DevlinBarrett’s book, “October Surprise,” out next Tuesday. This excerpt details how an FBI sex crimes investigator set off the Comey Clinton email October surprise in 2016 https://t.co/HKgdwO7dhy
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) September 18, 2020
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) September 18, 2020
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