650,000 Emails Found On Anthony Weiner's Laptop; DOJ Blocked Foundation Probe

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Yesterday, we reported that the FBI has found "tens of thousands of emails" belonging to Huma Adein on Anthony Weiner's computer, raising questions how practical it is that any conclusive finding will be available or made by the FBI in the few days left before the elections

Now, according to the WSJ, it appears that Federal agents are preparing to scour roughly 650,000 emails that, as we reported moments ago were discovered weeks ago on the laptop of Anthony Weiner, to see how many relate to a prior probe of Hillary Clinton’s email use, as metadata on the device suggests there may be thousands sent to or from the private server that the Democratic nominee used while she was secretary of state, according to people familiar with the matter.

As the WSJ adds, the review will take weeks at a minimum to determine whether those messages are work-related emails between Huma Abedin, a close Clinton aide and the estranged wife of Mr. Weiner, and State Department officials; how many are duplicates of emails already reviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and whether they include either classified information or important new evidence in the Clinton email probe, which FBI officials call “Midyear.”

And, as we further reported earlier today, the FBI has had to await a court order to begin reviewing the emails, because they were uncovered in an unrelated probe of Mr. Weiner, and that order was delayed for reasons that remain unclear.

More stunning is just how many emails were found on Weiner's computer. And while one can only imagine the content of some of the more persona ones, the WSJ writes that the latest development began in early October when New York-based FBI officials notified Andrew McCabe, the bureau’s second-in-command, that while investigating Mr. Weiner for possibly sending sexually charged messages to a minor, they had recovered a laptop with 650,000 emails. Many, they said, were from the accounts of Ms. Abedin, according to people familiar with the matter.

Those emails stretched back years, these people said, and were on a laptop that both Mr. Weiner and Ms. Abedin used and that hadn’t previously come up in the Clinton email probe. Ms. Abedin said in late August that the couple were separating.

 

The FBI had searched the computer while looking for child pornography, people familiar with the matter said, but the warrant they used didn’t give them authority to search for matters related to Mrs. Clinton’s email arrangement at the State Department. Mr. Weiner has denied sending explicit or indecent messages to the teenager.

As reported yesterday, it appears that there are potentially tens of thousands of Abedin linked emails on Weiner's computer:

In their initial review of the laptop, the metadata showed many messages, apparently in the thousands, that were either sent to or from the private email server at Mrs. Clinton’s home that had been the focus of so much investigative effort for the FBI. Senior FBI officials decided to let the Weiner investigators proceed with a closer examination of the metadata on the computer, and report back to them.

The WSJ then connects the dots between how the Weiner emails were linked to the Clinton reopening of the Clinton probe, despite Loretta Lynch's and the DOJ's vocal urges not to do so:

At a meeting early last week of senior Justice Department and FBI officials, a member of the department’s senior national-security staff asked for an update on the Weiner laptop, the people familiar with the matter said. At that point, officials realized that no one had acted to obtain a warrant, these people said.

 

Mr. McCabe then instructed the email investigators to talk to the Weiner investigators and see whether the laptop’s contents could be relevant to the Clinton email probe, these people said. After the investigators spoke, the agents agreed it was potentially relevant.

 

Mr. Comey was given an update, decided to go forward with the case and notified Congress on Friday, with explosive results. Senior Justice Department officials had warned Mr. Comey that telling Congress would violate well-established policies against overt actions that could affect an election, and some within the FBI have been unhappy at Mr. Comey’s repeated public statements on the probe, going back to his first press conference on the subject in July.

But wait it gets better.

Recall that this is the same Andrew Mcabe whose wife the Wall Street Journal reported last week received $467,500 in campaign funds in late 2015 from the political action committee of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a longtime ally of the Clintons and, until he was elected governor in November 2013, a Clinton Foundation board member.

Mr. McAuliffe had supported Dr. McCabe in the hopes she and a handful of other Democrats might help win a majority in the state Senate, giving Mr. McAuliffe more sway in the state capitol. Dr. McCabe lost her race last November, and Democrats failed to win their majority.

 

FBI officials have said Mr. McCabe had no role in the Clinton email probe until he became deputy director, and there was no conflict of interest because by then his wife’s campaign was over.

Which brings us to the second big topic: the Clinton Foundation, and how the DOJ made sure that particular probe never made the light of day. At the same time as the Clinton server was being investigated, other Clinton-related investigations were under way within the FBI, and they have been the subject of internal debate for months.

Early this year, four FBI field offices—New York, Los Angeles, Washington and Little Rock, Ark.—were collecting information about the Clinton Foundation to see if there was evidence of financial crimes or influence-peddling, according to people familiar with the matter.

The WSJ touches on something fasctinating: Los Angeles agents had picked up information about the Clinton Foundation from an unrelated public corruption case and had issued some subpoenas for bank records related to the foundation, these people said. So where did that trail go? Apparently nowhere.

The Washington field office was probing financial relationships
involving Mr. McAuliffe before he became a Clinton Foundation board
member, these people said. Mr. McAuliffe has denied any wrongdoing, and
his lawyer has said the probe is focused on whether he failed to
register as an agent of a foreign entity. The FBI field office in New York had done the most work on the Clinton  Foundation case and received help from the FBI field office in Little Rock, the people familiar with the matter said.

 

In February, FBI officials made a presentation to the Justice Department, according to these people. By all accounts, the meeting didn’t go well.

 

Some said that is because the FBI didn’t present compelling evidence to justify more aggressive pursuit of the Clinton Foundation, and that the career public integrity prosecutors in the room simply believed it wasn’t a very strong case. Others said that from the start, the Justice Department officials were stern, icy and dismissive of the case.

 

“That was one of the weirdest meetings I’ve ever been to,” one participant told others afterward, according to people familiar with the matter.

Needless to say, the probe into the Foundation faded.

But back to the Clinton probe, according to a person familiar with the probes, on Aug. 12, a senior Justice Department official called Mr. McCabe to voice his displeasure at finding that New York FBI agents were still openly pursuing the Clinton Foundation probe, despite the department’s refusal to allow more aggressive investigative methods in the case. Mr. McCabe said agents still had the authority to pursue the issue as long as they didn’t use those methods.

At this point a question emerges: did McCabe seek to defend or press on with a Clinton probe:

Mr. McCabe’s defenders in the agency said that following the call, he repeated the instruction that he had given earlier in the Clinton Foundation investigation: Agents were to keep pursuing the work within the authority they had.

 

Others further down the FBI chain of command, however, said agents were given a much starker instruction on the case: “Stand down.” When agents questioned why they weren’t allowed to take more aggressive steps, they said they were told the order had come from the deputy director—Mr. McCabe. Others familiar with the matter deny Mr. McCabe or any other senior FBI official gave such a stand-down instruction.

At this point the two probes, into Hillary's email and the Clinton Foundation converged:

For agents who already felt uneasy about FBI leadership’s handling of the Clinton Foundation case, the moment only deepened their concerns, these people said. For those who felt the probe hadn’t yet found significant evidence of criminal conduct, the leadership’s approach was the right response to the facts on the ground.

Things accelerated over the past two months, when in September, agents on the foundation case asked to see the emails contained on nongovernment laptops that had been searched as part of the Clinton email case, but that request was rejected by prosecutors at the Eastern District of New York, in Brooklyn. Those emails were given to the FBI based on grants of partial immunity and limited-use agreements, meaning agents could only use them for the purpose of investigating possible mishandling of classified information.

Some FBI agents were dissatisfied with that answer, and asked for permission to make a similar request to federal prosecutors in Manhattan, according to people familiar with the matter. Mr. McCabe, these people said, told them no and added that they could not “go prosecutor-shopping.”

 

Not long after that discussion, FBI agents informed the bureau’s leaders about the Weiner laptop, prompting Mr. Comey’s disclosure to Congress and setting of the furor that promises to consume the final days of a tumultuous campaign

While much of the latest developments are known, or could have been inferred assuming more corruption within government agencies, the punchline is that the weeks if not months of upcoming work means that if Clinton wins the White House, she will likely do so amid at least one ongoing investigation into her inner circle being handled by law-enforcement officials who are deeply divided over how to manage such cases. It also means that Trump will be hounding Hilllary for the remainder of the campaign as being the only presidential candidate to seek election with a recently reopened criminal probe hanging over her head. 

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ninja247's picture

that's a lot of sexting!!!

de3de8's picture

How long is that gonna take?

BaBaBouy's picture

650K Emails Wow... This could be Donalds' Eldorado ...

Looney's picture

 

I can’t wait to see 20 years’ worth of Huma’s daily e-mails sent to the Saudi Embassy.

Looney

BaBaBouy's picture

I Think the Donald is opening a COLD One Right About Now ~~~

BaBaBouy's picture

THAT Mexican Wall Just Grew By a Couple Of Feet ...

wee-weed up's picture

 

 

650,000!! Holy Shit! A friggin' motherlode!

Sooo, I guess there was no BleachBit used on that computer.

The Donald has got to have the biggest shit-eatin' grin on his face right about now.

JRobby's picture

Better postpone the election because she is not dropping out.

Why?  Because I can't watchmillions of blind sheep vote for such an obvious criminal socio/psychopath.

NO!

"Oblivio must have orchestrated it all!"

"He's not that smart"

This is the most unhealthy thing I have ever witnessed. Sickening!

Creative_Destruct's picture

Slooow Bleed for Clinton. This will obvously not be resolved before election and the speculation of what is in them will be highly detrimental to her. 

Couldn't happen to a "nicer" person... LET HER BLEEEEED.

BuddyEffed's picture

Is this the double reverse treachery I've been warning about?

My guess is that someone installed spyware to forward that laptop a bunch of emails.

AW would be a suspect for that.

Maybe someone turned him, blackmailed him, coerced him.

Could be another close by mole too, or another turned one.

jbvtme's picture

is this the tipping point?  all politics will change...

johngaltfla's picture

I hate it when the Weiner drips like that.

Fed Supporter's picture

I think the FBI should release the emails to Redditors and they would find all the damning stuff in a matter of days. 

BaBaBouy's picture

BREAKING ~~~~~~~~~~~ Of Course From UK ...

EXCLUSIVE: Resignation letters piling up from disaffected FBI agents, his wife urging him to admit he was wrong: Why Director Comey jumped at the chance to reopen Hillary investigation
  • James Comey revived the investigation of Clinton's email server as he could no longer resist mounting pressure by mutinous agents, sources say
  •  The atmosphere at the FBI has been toxic ever since Jim announced last July that he wouldn't recommend an indictment against Hillary
  •  He told his wife that he was depressed by the stack of resignation letters piling up on his desk from disaffected agents
  • Comes was also worried that Republicans would accuse him of granting Hillary political favoritism after the presidential election
  •  When new emails allegedly linked to Hillary's personal server turned up in  Abedin and Anthony Weiner's computer, Comey jumped at the excuse

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3886942/Resignation-letters-pili...

The Saint's picture

Wow!  Look at this!

James Comey's decision to revive the investigation of Hillary Clinton's email server and her handling of classified material came after he could no longer resist mounting pressure by mutinous agents in the FBI, including some of his top deputies, according to a source close to the embattled FBI director.

'Some people, including department heads, stopped talking to Jim, and even ignored his greetings when they passed him in the hall,' said the source. 'They felt that he betrayed them and brought disgrace on the bureau by letting Hillary off with a slap on the wrist.'

According to the source, Comey fretted over the problem for months and discussed it at great length with his wife, Patrice. 

The Daily Mail

Mr. Universe's picture

When was the last time we had a public hanging for treason? Seems like a smart time to be building a gallows. Funny thing is those cretins with the phoenix pins always seem to recover.

bob_stl's picture

The fix is still in. That's why the democrats are coming out in full force. If they didn't know what was on the laptop, they would be so bold. Clinton will be "exonerated" by the end of the week and she'all get a huge boost from it. I think this is just a smoke screen.

DeathingerStar's picture

It's easy to be cynical. I can't see how any of this is positive for her, unless it covers something more devious than is already known. Boldness on the part of dems? It's called fighting like a stuck pig... or it's what happens when you corner a rat. They attack!

PT's picture

How do you better hide a needle in a haystack?  Get a bigger haystack.
Mind you, a computer plus any half-decent computer programmer is the equivalent of running a great big magnet over the haystack so it shouldn't slow things down by too much.

any_mouse's picture

Overload the stack with other needles.

Imagine the FBI wall board with email flows and photos of each participant.

jeff montanye's picture

true enough.  this cuts through some of the straw though:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FSD4pECZ9I

Tarzan's picture

Yes, I repeat myself a lot...

 

fear and loathing

His announcement about the revived investigation, which came just 11 days before the presidential election, was greeted with shock and dismay by Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the prosecutors at the Justice Department.

'Jim told me that Lynch and Obama are furious with him,' the source said.

 

These worms don't play nice, especially while cornered!  Trump better gird up, guaranteed, there will be cross hairs on his head, as the elite take sides against each other, as the dark side goes to war among themselves.

The Clinton's are in a world of hurt, and there's nothing more vicious then a cornered wounded animal, and they are ANIMALS.

If you thought the elite were out to get you, watch as they turn on each other.  It's going to be a blood bath!

It's all fun and games serving Satan, until demons come to drag your soul into hell.  There are no smiles in the Clinton camp today. it's all fear and loathing in their smoke filled rooms.

Let the unraveling begin, this is going to be fun, watching these reprobates eat each other, watching as the mighty fall!

The proud look of man will be abased And the loftiness of man will be humbled, And the LORD alone will be exalted in that day.

For the LORD of hosts will have a day of reckoning Against everyone who is proud and lofty And against everyone who is lifted up, That he may be abased.

mccvilb's picture

Yes I agree, bob_stl, the fix is still in. The Dems aren't giving up that easily. The newest DNC strategy has already begun - planting fake Hillary stories that can easily be refuted to obfuscate her actual crimes, thus creating an element of doubt and poisoning any future jury pool. They then will say the FBI planted those e-mails on Weiner's computer in order to get Uma and then force her to implicate HRC. It will be very difficult for a prosecutor to separate the truth from the lies and get a jury smart enough to keep up with this soap opera. There are just too many crimes, criminals and hidden agendas in play simultaneously.

Personally I think the Fibbies have to follow the money trail in the foundation and indict Bill ASAP. Attack from multiple fronts and get as many as possible in her camp worried about saving their own skins, that's if there are any honest agents left not to mention a willing DOJ prosecutor. The Wikileaks are the smoking gun, but they need tangible irrefutable ballistics evidence, metaphorically speaking. KISS. I wouldn't believe anything coming out of Comey's mouth. He's trying to paint himself as one of the good guys, but he's sailing this out into a field of icebergs where he's hoping to sink it for good.

mccvilb's picture

Indicting a few of the media shills up to their eyeballs in voter fraud Like Donna Brazile, Debbie WS would really shake up the talking heads. Time for handcuffs and perp walks.

Tarzan's picture

They may squeek this election out, but just imagine, all these agents pouring over 650,000 emails, the treasure of wickedness revealed.

Guaranteed some of those emails are about the Muslim Brotherhood, the motives behind the Arab Spring, and the State Department's roll in stirring up the coup in Egypt.  About unconstitutional acts, about flat out treason!

Will these agents all stand silent, still?  I think not, there's good reason Hillary bleached her emails, there will be hell to pay, there will be division, a war at the top is a foot!

SoDamnMad's picture

I think Comey's wife reads ZH.

SilverSphinx's picture

Does wife Patrice has clearance to discuss this sensitive situation and information?

jeff montanye's picture

if not de jure, apparently de facto.  he's history sooner or later so perhaps she figures do what you can while you can.

good luck, thanks, and godspeed patrice.

Whoa Dammit's picture

Holy Shit. Harry Reid just sent a letter to Comey saying Comey violated the Hatch Act. Letter is in the link below.

http://redstatewatcher.com/article.asp?id=45982

nightshiftsucks's picture

Crazy shit,the whole corrupt govt. is going to fall apart over this.For Comey to get out of trouble he's going to have to tell the truth.

Kernighan's picture

Is it just me, or does it seem logical that ONLY James Comey knows what happened in direct meetings between him and his boss?  Testimony about these meetings would be called "evidence" in an investigation or prosecution.  

Tarzan's picture

Reed's letter was not written to Comey,

it's a propaganda piece, written to distract,

LOOK, the Russians are coming!!!

Raging Debate's picture

The government busted out its budget already to the point of no return. America 2.0 was inevitable in any event. 

any_mouse's picture

The violation occurred when Comey refused to press for criminal charges. That was political interference.

Investigating politicians is an aspect of the FBI's role.

Remember ABSCAM?

Too late Harry.The slippery slope has attained a steep downward slope.

Let the door kick on your way out, Harry.

Future Act for consideration, no public servant, political or civil, may plead the Fifth Amendment. Questions asked must be answered truthfully.

SilverSphinx's picture

"Future Act for consideration, no public servant, political or civil, may plead the Fifth Amendment. Questions asked must be answered truthfully."

With long mandatory sentences for refusals and falsehoods.

jeff montanye's picture

wonder what violations led to harry's new year's busted eye?

Muppet's picture

SOMETHINGS FISHY....

1. A PC/Laptop does not hold eMails.  Emails reside on the email Server

2. A Laptop could not be a email server, nor, is it capable to hold 650k of emails.

 

SOMETHINGS FISHY

BlackSun59's picture

Perhaps not. I use Thunderbird and emails are downloaded from my ISP's mail server and then reside on my own PC until I delete them. I've got hundreds of emails saved, some up to four years old.

 

Volkodav's picture

seriously doubt weiner used Thunderbird

someone said about Yahoo

 

joe90's picture

Outlook is the same, it's the .pst file/database.  Any email client app that allows offline viewing/creating emails such as the Gmail client on my phone has to keep a local copy.  Outlook's is an encrypted file and you have to be logged on as that user to view the emails, don't know about Thunderbird but it must be the same.

Folkvar's picture

That's nonsense on both counts.

My emails download to my laptop and remain there until I delete them. My laptop has storage of 1.5TB which laughs at 650,000 emails. 

Alohakid's picture

Not at all. IMAP may keep emails on the server but POP3 downloads all emails into your devices.

PhiPhi's picture

Microsoft Outlook keeps emails in a local .PST file or .OST file depending on what version you're using so all emails, contacts and calendar events are available off-line.  IMAP is horrible for mailboxes with that many emails in but Outlook/Exchange Server can handle it with ease.

ThanksChump's picture

If an email can be read, it must first be downloaded. Even webmail. Saving it to disk is always an option whether that's automated, made difficult, or even prevented (e.g., PrtScn disabled). If it's viewable, it's savable, and that goes for everything. 

gezley's picture

Stop with the bullshit. Off the top of my head the following mail servers can run on a Windows personal computer: Mdaemon, Hmailserver, Hamster, and Mercury. If you run Linux on that computer then there's Postfix and Sendmail, among others. An email server can be easily configured on a personal computer.