In the hardly breaking news department, comes this story at Real Clear Investigations, “Despite Comey Assurances, Vast Bulk of Weiner Laptop Emails Were Never Examined.”
“When then-FBI Director James Comey announced he was closing the Hillary Clinton email investigation for a second time just days before the 2016 election, he certified to Congress that his agency had “reviewed all of the communications” discovered on a personal laptop used by Clinton’s closest aide, Huma Abedin, and her husband, Anthony Weiner.
At the time, many wondered how investigators managed over the course of one week to read the “hundreds of thousands” of emails residing on the machine, which had been a focus of a sex-crimes investigation of Weiner, a former Congressman.”
Yeah, no shit. I remember pondering that very same thing in 2016. The FBI announced that they had found almost 690,000 emails on Huma Abedin’s laptop, then days later the FBI announced, nothing to see here, they’ve all been checked and everything’s fine. Here’s the thing though, even though I was incredulous that so many emails could actually have been checked so quickly, I believed them.
What a naïve fool I was.
“But virtually none of his account was true, a growing body of evidence reveals.
In fact, a technical glitch prevented FBI technicians from accurately comparing the new emails with the old emails. Only 3,077 of the 694,000 emails were directly reviewed for classified or incriminating information.”
What a difference two years makes. Now, I think to myself, “Of course they lied!” I regard the FBI as an inherently corrupt institution, one that should be disassembled with the law enforcement functions sent over to the US Marshal’s and spin the counter intelligence functions…somewhere else. I don’t know if we need a new agency for counterintelligence or it’s function’s need to be absorbed into another existing agency, but I don’t see how the FBI, as currently constructed, can be allowed to continue to exist. It’s already shown it’s more than willing to put its thumb on the scale of a US election, and no government agency should be doing that.
I may still be a naïve fool but I would like to think such reform is still possible.