Andrew McCabe didn’t even bother trying to deny he set Lisa Page up. Everyone in the office had been complaining for months that it was just plain wrong how he was using his “special counsel” to spy on the FBI investigator she was sleeping with. Page was ordered to get direct information from Peter Strzok on how the Clinton email investigation was going.
The rules said McCabe was supposed to be isolated by two layers of separation but the investigation into Hillary Clinton was “special.” Of course, democrat don’t follow rules. Rules are for the plebeian class, not them.
According to “a very well-placed source at the NYPD,” along with State Department emails, police found many Clinton personal messages detailing “really damning criminal information.” They immediately called the FBI to let them know what they discovered.
James Comey would later note on October 4, under a line stating “initial analysis of laptop – thousands emails,” the sentence “Hillary Clinton & Foundation.”
Below that was a cryptic notation “Crime against Children.” Not “against child,” as in the 15-year-old that Weiner was grooming, but children plural. rumor has it that when the NYPD saw the evidence, some were physically ill.
Looking at notes didn’t jog his recollection any either, even when the notes were his own. “NY – … Weiner – atty took data off cloud – 2007 emails.” McCabe jotted on September 27, 2016.
McCabe freely admitted he used Lisa Page as a back channel so he could know what was going on inside the email server probe.
The Department of Justice attorney already testified “that part of her function was to serve as a liaison between the Midyear team and McCabe,” using the codename for the Clinton case.
She knew that “her role upset senior FBI officials,” but kept spying on Strzok because “McCabe relied on her to ensure that he had the information he needed to make decisions, without it being filtered through multiple layers of management.”
Strzok worked for Bill Priestap, head of counterintelligence. Priestap reported to national security head Michael Steinbach, who was directly under McCabe. They are supposed to filter things out that the honchos should not know, because it might be used to influence the direction of the investigation.
When the OIG told McCabe what Page said, he confirmed he was “aware of complaints about Page,” but her ability to “spot issues” and bring them to his attention when others did not, was too good to pass up.
James Comey thought he had things reasonably under control after his July press conference clearing Hillary Clinton of any criminal wrongdoing until Anthony Weiner got busted sending lewd photos to a 15-year-old girl.
The city of New York swore out a warrant on September 26, and rounded up all his devices. When the New York cops started looking at Weiner’s laptop they were horrified by what they found.
According to an unnamed NYPD officer, nestled in with emails about laundering money through the Clinton Foundation, and Uranium One pay-for-play related messages, “several reveal” that Hillary occasionally joined Bill for visits to the “sex island” owned by “convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.”
The FBI ordered the New York police to step away from the laptop. Nobody was to touch anything related to Hillary Clinton or the emails. The FBI issued a new and much more restricted search warrant.
The next day, during a teleconference with “40 top FBI officials, including McCabe,” the assistant director heading the New York field office, William Sweeney, broke the news.
What Sweeney related seemed like “dropping a bomb in the middle of the meeting,” former assistant director in charge of the Washington, D.C. Field office, Paul Abbate, recalls. “Everybody realized the significance of this.”
Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin was Hillary Clinton’s most “intimate” confidant. “If people wanted to get something to Clinton, they’d email it to Huma.” Huma kept a backup collection on her husband’s laptop as a form of “insurance,” should anything go wrong.
When the IG asked McCabe, he didn’t remember Sweeney even talking about the laptop. Then they showed him the note in his own handwriting. “NY – … Weiner – atty took data off cloud – 2007 emails.” Nope, no bells ringing.
He does remember talking to Bill Priestap after the conference call and telling him to get “somebody up to New York right away to take a look at what they have because it might be Clinton emails.” Priestap does not remember that call though.
Even though Strzok’s boss didn’t remember that call happening, Strzok texted to 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.”
When that team got there, they intimidated all of the New York police into keeping their mouths closed about what they saw.
It took the New York office until October 4, to process the laptop, then nothing happened. “The case agent said he was anxious that nobody from Midyear was getting back to him,” so he passed the word up the command chain to District Attorney Preet Bharara.
“Maybe they’d kick some of these lazy FBI folks in the butt and get them moving.”
Bharara later told the Inspector General that they were forced to check with headquarters on Oct. 21, 2016, “because of the concerns and ‘agitation’ of the agent.”
By then, it was obvious that even restricting the search of the laptop to only the metadata information of header and subject, there were so many red flags it was impossible to not reopen the investigation, less than two weeks before the election.
There is so much evidence of wrongdoing here, it’s little wonder that McCabe has now invoked his Fifth Amendment right.