(National Sentinel)Â Deep State:Â GOP Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin is demanding answers from the FBI as to why the bureau waited for weeks after discovering thousands of emails on former Rep. Anthony Weiner’s laptop in 2016 that wereÂ pertinent to the Hillary Clinton email probe.
As reported byÂ Fox News, Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, sent a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein seeking information regarding the timeline, citing texts exchanged between two key FBI officials.
Fox NewsÂ reported further:
The messages, first reportedÂ by The Wall Street JournalÂ in late January, indicateÂ that top bureau officials were aware of the discovery of thousands of emails from Weiner well before the FBI sought a search warrant in late October, and effectively revived the Clinton probe right before the election.Â
“The cryptic and disjointed nature of the text messages, in addition to heavy redactions applied to other FBI documents, make it difficult to understand fully the sequence of events,â€ Johnson wrote, giving him a deadline of March 15 to provide information to the committee.
The messages were exchanged between top FBI counterterrorism investigator Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page. Both have expressed hostile sentiments towards President Donald J. Trump.
In his letter, Johnson said that the texts appear to indicate that they and then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was aware of the existence of the emails on Weiner’s laptop, having found them during the bureau’s investigation of him sending illicit texts and pictures to an underage female,Â Fox NewsÂ reported.
â€œGot called up to Andyâ€™s earlier â€¦ hundreds of thousands of emails turned over by Weinerâ€™s atty to sdny, includes a ton of material from spouse. Sending team up tomorrow to review â€¦ this will never endâ€¦â€ Strzok wrote in a text message to Page.
The â€œspouseâ€ Strzok was referring to was Huma Abedin, a longtime top aide and confidante of Clintonâ€™s.
â€œTurned over to them why?â€ Page replied.
â€œApparently one of his recent texting partners may not have been 18 â€¦ donâ€™t have the details yet,â€ Strzok wrote. Page replied, noting that news reports said the young woman â€œwas 15.â€
But apparently, then-FBI Director James Comey was not briefed about the emails until late October 2016, about 10 days before the Nov. 8 election.
Comey sent a letter to Congress on Oct. 28, 2016, notifying members that about the “recent developments” regarding the discovery of Clinton-related emails on Weiner’s laptop. The email led to a brief reopening of Clinton’s email case, which had been closed in July of that year.
“Months later, in December 2016, Strzok and Page texted about the possibility that the FBI would conduct an interview with Abedin, and discussed her potential ‘immunity,'”Â Fox News reported.
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