Perhaps it is just me, but lately it seems like every Friday another FBI bombshell is dropped. The Friday before Christmas FBI General Counsel James A Baker was reassigned. Today, thanks to Judicial Watch, the FBI is releasing 2,800 e-mails from Huma Abedin that were found on Anthony Weiner’s laptop. That would be the same laptop Weiner was using to sext underage girls. These e-mails are likely to be heavily redacted. This is a huge problem for Hillary Clinton. If they aren’t redacted, they are likely to be more than a little embarrassing. If they are redacted this is clear evidence that they contained highly classified information. Odds are they will both be heavily redacted and still embarrassing.
I worked in secure facilities where there was access to highly classified information. Everyone in that facility took security very seriously. There were no waste baskets; every piece of paper was put into a burn bag. We used to joke that the highest classification was “burn before reading.” No one ever considered removing classified information from this facility. I can’t even imagine anyone sending a classified e-mail on an unsecured server. But this wasn’t just an unsecured server; this was a server that was almost certainly compromised. There were reports that Anthony Weiner had over 650,000 e-mails on that server. At least some of them allegedly involved inappropriate communication with underage girls. Odds are extremely high that Weiner’s laptop was hacked. That is bad enough, but what makes this worse is that Huma Abedin admittedly printed copies of these e-mails because Hillary liked to read them in print. If you read my previous blogs about Huma Abedin it is easy to see why she should never have been granted a security clearance. Huma Abedin could have easily provided copies of highly classified documents to almost anyone. It is a case study in how to be grossly negligent with regard to highly classified information.
Every member of FBI senior management involved with the original investigation of the Hillary Clinton e-mail server has been removed. At the time of the Comey statement “exonerating” Hillary by called her only extremely careless rather than grossly negligent there were several reports that FBI agents working on the investigation were furious. Following is a report by Fox News
Note the following quote from this article:
“No trial level attorney agreed, no agent working the case agreed, with the decision not to prosecute — it was a top-down decision,” said the source, whose identity and role in the case has been verified by FoxNews.com
In addition, the source said: “It was unanimous that we all wanted her [Clinton’s] security clearance yanked.”
How, exactly, does one run for President if one can’t qualify for a security clearance?
The FBI has a totally new management team. It would be naïve to expect them to reach the same conclusions as the Comey group.