Text messages show FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe knew about emails potentially related to an investigation of Hillary Clinton by Sept. 28, 2016, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.
Then-FBI Director James Comey informed Congress about them Oct. 28, 11 days before the presidential election — a delay first reported by The Washington Post.
According to the Journal, FBI agent Peter Strzok, who led the probe into Clinton’s use of a private email server, texted his girlfriend, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, on Sept. 28 that he had been summoned to speak to McCabe about the newly discovered emails.
Agents in New York had found the emails on a laptop belonging to Anthony Weiner, husband of Huma Abedin, one of Clinton’s closest advisers, while investigating Weiner for sexting a 15-year-old girl, a crime for which he is now serving 21 months in prison.
“Got called up to Andy’s earlier,” Strzok wrote in a Sept. 28 text, the Journal reported. “hundreds of thousands of emails turned over by Weiner’s atty to sdny, includes a ton of material from spouse. Sending team up tomorrow to review . . . this will never end . . .”
SDNY refers to the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York, which was investigating Weiner.
In the days after Comey’s disclosure to Congress about the thousands of emails, the FBI scrambled to get access to Weiner’s laptop so agents could search for the Clinton-related messages.
Texts show Strzok and a team of agents spent Saturday, Nov. 5, extending into Sunday morning, Nov. 6 — two days before the election — reviewing about 3,000 emails from the Weiner laptop, the Journal reported.
“The three of us are going through the 3k (1000 each) to narrow down so the team can come back tomorrow early and de-dupe,” Strzok wrote Page on Nov. 6, a reference to culling duplicate emails the FBI had already seen.
“Finishing up,” he wrote just after 1 a.m. ET on Sunday, and a half-hour later, adding: “Leaving finally now,” noting agents had found “no new classified” emails, the Journal reported.
That same day, Comey told Congress nothing in the new emails had changed the FBI’s previous conclusion no prosecution was merited.
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