‘OH SH*T!’ That Was FBI Agents’ Response When They Found Hillary Clinton’s Emails On Anthony Weiner’s Laptop
FBI agents said it was an “oh sh*t” moment when they found thousands of Hillary Clinton’s private emails on convicted pedophile Anthony Weiner’s laptop, iPhone and iPad, according to a new book.
Journalist James B. Stewart claims in his new book “Deep State: Trump, the FBI, and the Rule of Law” that the agents were shocked as they searched his electronic devices after he was accused of sending inappropriate messages to a minor.
“Within hours of the Sept. 26, 2016, search warrant, FBI technicians noticed there were 340,000 emails on the laptop between Clinton and her top aide, Weiner’s wife Huma Abedin — many of them from domain addresses such as ‘hillaryclinton.com’ and ‘state.gov,’ ” the New York Post reports.
At an FBI briefing later that week, one participant said the revelation was like “dropping a bomb in the middle of the meeting.”
But the discovery fell through the cracks because top FBI officials were “overwhelmed” by the Russia probe, Stewart wrote.
A determined New York FBI agent was “scared” by what he had found and pressed his superiors to finish the job.
“I’m telling you that we have potentially ten times the volume that Director Comey said we had on the record,” the agent recounted to Stewart. “Why isn’t anybody here?”
No one at the FBI bureau in Quantico, Va., took action, “so one agent went outside the chain of command and shared the allegations with New York prosecutors, which led to James Comey reopening the investigation days before the 2016 election,” the Daily Mail reports.
Abedin, Hillary’s top aide, backed up copies of her emails with Clinton onto her husband’s laptop, contrary to what she told the FBI and other officials investigating the email scandal.
But Abedin told the FBI that she “lost most of her old emails as a result of the transition” from the State Department after Clinton stepped down as Secretary of State.
“She had only accessed clintonemail.com through a web portal and did not have a method for archiving her old emails prior to the transition,” according to notes taken during an FBI interview with Abedin on April 5, 2016.