A bombshell report from The Wall Street Journal has revealed that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe knew about the discovery of Hillary Clinton emails on Anthony Weiner’s laptop a month before Congress was notified.
McCabe also appeared to attempt to downplay the importance of the discovery. That move, which may have been an attempt to cover for Hillary Clinton, may have backfired. By the time the decision to inform Congress of the discovery, it was just a week before the election, creating a last-minute scandal that may have shifted undecided voters to Donald Trump’s camp.
The discovery that McCabe apparently sat on the Hillary emails for a month came from searching through the texts of FBI lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. The involvement of the two disgraced anti-Trump agents in the incident lends credibility to the contention that senior FBI officials, including McCabe and former director James Comey, suppressed information damaging to Hillary before the election.
At the same time, we know the FBI was investigating the Trump campaign, while Strzok and Page discussed having an “insurance policy” against a Trump presidency.
A new report indicates that Andrew McCabe, who resigned as FBI deputy director this week, knew about the thousands of Clinton-related emails found on Anthony Weiner’s laptop for at least a month before notifying Congress.
The Wall Street Journal reports that, according to text messages the paper reviewed, “FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe had learned about the thousands of emails by Sept. 28, 2016, and Director James Comey informed Congress about them on Oct. 28, 11 days before the presidential election, the messages show.”
According to the report, FBI agent Peter Strzok wrote in a text on September 28, 2016 to Lisa Page, “Got called up to Andy’s earlier 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 ….”
The Wall Street Journal also reports that this delay is part of the Justice Department’s internal investigation into the FBI’s behavior before the 2016 election.
Earlier this week, McCabe was forced out as FBI Deputy Director. There is speculation that the move was directly tied to possible actions he took against President Trump. While it is not clear if the much-discussed memo is the reason why, the timing leads many to believe that is the case.
McCabe is taking his remaining vacation time now, and will officially leave in March. He will not be back at the FBI in any capacity during that time.
The possible release of the memo could expose conflicts of interest – if not flat-out illegality – among some FBI officials.
It has been revealed that McCabe’s wife Jill, when she ran for a state-level office, received $700,000 from Terry McAuliffe, a former Democratic party official and close friend of the Clinton family. President Trump has called this out as a possible conflict of interest, as McCabe has been involved with the debunked portfolio about Trump and possible Russian interference in the presidential election.