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[Opinion]  Do you remember when the FBI seized disgraced under age sex criminal, former congressman and Clinton confidant, Andrew Weiner’s infamous laptop?  The discovery was billed as the ‘October Surprise’ of the 2016 election by some.  When we questioned the FBI’s ability to review the emails in the amount of time they claimed to have done so, we were attacked by FB’s ‘fact-checkers.’

In fear of their wrath I will not rehash our observations, but rather tell you what the man who reviewed the laptop for the FBI, the formerly unnamed agent, is now saying REALLY happened.  That agent’s name is John Robertson, and his new book is called ‘October Surprise: How the FBI Tried to Save Itself and Crashed an Election’

The Washington Examiner reported that:

‘FBI agent John Robertson, who worked in its New York office’s child sex crimes unit and was later cited (though not named) in Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s 2018 report on the handling of the investigation of Clinton’s unauthorized private email server, spoke with the Washington Post’s Devlin Barrett for his upcoming book, October Surprise: How the FBI Tried to Save Itself and Crashed an Election. Robertson unearthed tens of thousands of Clinton emails in late September 2016 on the laptop belonging to Weiner, the husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, in a sex crimes case involving underage girls, but for weeks after being alerted, top FBI leaders (including fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, fired FBI agent Peter Strzok, and former FBI counterintelligence chief Bill Priestap) took little to no action to investigate.’

Now disgraced former FBI Director James Comey’s letter to Congress, in late October, concerning the bombshell email discovery, was frequently pointed to by HRC and her surrogates as one of the many reasons Hillary lost the election to a ‘reality tv star,’ (her words, not mine.)

“The crickets I was hearing was really making me uncomfortable because something was going to come down,” Robertson claims he told Justice Department detectives. “Why isn’t anybody here? Like, if I’m the supervisor of any [counterintelligence] squad … and I hear about this, I’m getting on with headquarters and saying, ‘Hey, some agent working child porn here may have [Hillary Clinton] emails. Get your ass on the phone, call [the case agent], and get a copy of that drive,’ because that’s how it should be. And that nobody reached out to me within, like, that night, I still to this day don’t understand what the hell went wrong.”

After 4 years of the details of ‘0bamagate’ or ‘spy gate’ coming to light, I think we all have a pretty good idea why no one jumped at the chance to come into possession of information that could be enormously damaging to the Clintons and possibly tie them to criminal activity, perhaps even underaged sex crimes (< that’s speculation.)

Robertson, who was likely worried he would turn out to be the patsy after having the bad luck of being a honest agent who discovers such dangerous evidence, wrote a “Letter to Self” following an Oct. 19, 2016 meeting.   During this meeting Robertson says he implored the Southern District of New York’s Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Kramer,  to try and get the FBI leadership to look at the thousands of emails he had unearthed, the Washington Examiner reports.

“I have very deep misgivings about the institutional response of the FBI to the congressional investigation into the Hillary Clinton email matter. … Put simply: I don’t believe the handling of the material I have by the FBI is ethically or morally right. But my lawyer’s advice — that I simply put my SSA on notice should cover me — is that I have completed CYA [Cover Your Ass], and I have done so,” Robertson wrote. “Further, I was told by [Kramer] that should I ‘whistleblow,’ I will be prosecuted.”

The whistleblower continued: “I possess — the FBI possesses — 20 times more emails than Comey testified to. … While Comey did not know at the time about what I have, people in the FBI do now, and as far as I know, we are being silent. … If I say or do nothing more, I am falling short ethically and morally. And later, I may be accused of being a Hillary Clinton hack because of the timing of all this. … But if I say something (i.e., whistleblow), I will lose my reputation, my career, and risk prosecution. I will also be accused of being a Donald Trump hack.”

Robertson went on to explain that he identifies as “apolitical,” at least when it comes to the execution of his law enforcement duties.

The Washington Examiner went on:

‘Horowitz’s 2018 report on the Clinton email investigation noted a federal search warrant was obtained on Sept. 26, 2016, for Weiner’s devices and that the “Weiner case agent” (Robertson) noticed “within hours” that there were “over 300,000 emails on the laptop,” including between Clinton and Abedin. The FBI New York Field Office’s William Sweeney was alerted two days later, and key FBI executives such as McCabe were informed by Sweeney.

Text messages show McCabe, Strzok, and Priestap discussed the Weiner laptop on Sept. 28, 2016, and Strzok said he initially planned to send a team to New York to review the emails, but a call with the FBI’s New York office was scheduled for the next day instead. Horowitz wrote that “after October 4, we found no evidence that anyone associated with the Midyear investigation, including the entire leadership team at FBI Headquarters, took any action on the Weiner laptop issue until the week of October 24, and then did so only after the Weiner case agent expressed concerns to SDNY, prompting SDNY to contact the Office of the Deputy Attorney General on October 21 to raise concerns.”’

“In assessing the decision to prioritize the Russia investigation over following up on the Midyear-related investigative lead discovered on the Weiner laptop, we were particularly concerned about text messages sent by Strzok and Page that potentially indicated or created the appearance that investigative decisions they made were impacted by bias,” IG Horowitz wrote, he continued “we did not have confidence that Strzok’s decision to prioritize the Russia investigation over following up on the Midyear-related investigative lead discovered on the Weiner laptop was free from bias.”

However, Horowitz concluded  that his investigation ‘found no evidence in emails, text messages, instant messages, or documents that suggested an improper purpose.”

Think about that.  Now think about all the text messages we have seen between the two illicit lovers …  ‘In one Aug. 6, 2016, exchange, Page said, “Trump should go f himself.” Strzok responded, “F Trump.” Two days later, Page texted, “[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!” Strzok replied, “No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it.”’ as the Examiner rehashed.

It will be very interesting to read Robertson’s new book and see just what information he thinks he will be able to disclose without ending up on … ‘the list.’  I’ll leave it to you to figure out just which list that may be.

Mark Sidney

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