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#FBI FBI: How did 650,000 emails land in the Abedin – Weiner laptop? Were they deliberately dumped there? By whom and how? Was this issue adequately investigated? Or was it conveniently ignored? Did the girl who engaged Anthony Weiner in sexting (by her own admission), & those behind her(!) use his email address to dump the potentially and supposedly classified emails into his and Abedin laptop? Did the FBI play any part in it? Ask the girl’s “protective” father. The Investigations of #Trump will inevitably lead to the investigation of the #FBI. Their antagonisms are just a cover, a complex plot . INVESTIGATE THE INVESTIGATORS, and the Trumpistas among them especially. Reform or abolish the FBI, before they produce their next #Trumpushka!

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#FBI FBI: How did 650,000 emails land in the Abedin – Weiner laptop? Were they deliberately dumped there? By whom and how? Was this issue adequately investigated? Or was it conveniently ignored? Did the girl who engaged Anthony Weiner in sexting (by her own admission), & those behind her(!) use his email address to dump the potentially and supposedly classified emails into his and Abedin laptop? Did the FBI play any part in it? Ask the girl’s “protective” father. 

The Investigations of #Trump will inevitably lead to the investigation of the #FBI. Their antagonisms are just a cover, a complex plot . INVESTIGATE THE INVESTIGATORS, and the Trumpistas among them especially. Reform or abolish the FBI, before they produce their next #Trumpushka!

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Michael Novakhov @mikenov

#FBI FBI:

How did 650,000 emails land in the Abedin – Weiner laptop?

Were they deliberately dumped there?

By whom and how?

Was this issue adequately investigated?

Or was it conveniently ignored?

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Michael Novakhov @mikenov

#FBI:
Did the girl who engaged Anthony Weiner in sexting (by her own admission), & those behind her(!) use his email address to dump the potentially and supposedly classified emails into his and Abedin laptop?
Did the FBI play any part in it?
Ask the girl’s “protective” father.

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The FBI is planning to clarify testimony its director gave to Congress last week about how classified information got from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s private email server to the laptop of the disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner, several news agencies are now reporting.

FBI Director James Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee that Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin had “forwarded hundreds and thousands of emails, some of which contain classified information” to Weiner, who was then her husband.

“Somehow, her emails were being forwarded to Anthony Weiner, including classified information,” Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee. “His then-spouse Huma Abedin appears to have had a regular practice of forwarding emails to him for him to print out for her so she could deliver them to the secretary of state.”

While some of the emails were forwarded, the FBI plans to tell Congress that it is likely that the vast majority were instead backed up to Weiner’s laptop, according to The New York Times.

The Times says the FBI “found that two emails that Ms. Abedin forwarded to Mr. Weiner contained classified information. Ten other emails that were backed up on Mr. Weiner’s laptop contained classified information.”

Weiner, who resigned from Congress and submarined his campaign for mayor of New York in separate sexting scandals, is under FBI investigation for allegedly sending illicit text messages to a 15-year-old girl. Weiner and Abedin separated last August.

The investigative website ProPublica was the first to report the FBI’s reversal.

“FBI officials have privately acknowledged that Comey misstated what Abedin did and what the FBI investigators found,” ProPublica reported. “On Monday, the FBI was said to be preparing to correct the record by sending a letter to Congress later this week.”

ProPublica noted that Comey’s testimony created a media stir: “The New York Post plastered its story on the front page with a photo of an underwear-clad Weiner and the headline: ‘HARD COPY: Huma sent Weiner classified Hillary emails to print out.’ The Daily News went with a similar front-page screamer: ‘HUMA ERROR: Sent classified emails to sext maniac Weiner.'”

The headline on my column last Thursday (May 4) was tame by comparison: “Clinton’s classified emails went to Weiner. Let that sink in: Opinion.”

No explanation has been offered so far on why Comey was so far off in his numbers or the details of how the emails ended up on Weiner’s computer.

The fact remains that the emails were mishandled, but apparently nowhere near the levels that Comey said.

Tim Morris is an opinions columnist at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune. He can be reached at tmorris@nola.com. Follow him on Twitter @tmorris504.

 
Michael Novakhov @mikenov

#FBI FBI

Was the now-tainted McGonigal a source who told the New York Times that fateful October that Russia was not trying to help Trump win the election … ?!

The NYT should tell readers whether it helped crooked FBI agents get Trump elected in 2016 inquirer.com/opinion/commen…

 
Michael Novakhov @mikenov

The NYT should tell readers whether it helped crooked FBI agents get Trump elected in 2016 inquirer.com/opinion/commen…

 
Michael Novakhov @mikenov

Michael Novakhov retweeted:
The Investigations of #Trump will inevitably lead to the investigation of the #FBI. Their antagonisms are just a cover, a complex plot . INVESTIGATE THE INVESTIGATORS, and the Trumpistas among them especially. Reform or abolish the FBI, before they produce their next #Trumpushka!

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#FBI #NYT #Trump #McGonigal #Elections2016

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Michael Novakhov retweeted:
Dr. Robert Sanders, senior lecturer of #NationalSecurity at #UNewHaven, speaks to @CNN about how the former head of counterintelligence for the #FBI has been charged with allegedly working for a sanctioned Russian oligarch. –> bit.ly/3kHfUCz

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Published: 15:42 GMT, 8 January 2018 | Updated: 00:29 GMT, 9 January 2018

Huma Abedin backed up copies of her emails with Hillary Clinton to her pervert husband Anthony Weiner’s laptop, DailyMail.com can disclose – conflicting with her account to the FBI and in court that she did not preserve the conversations.

An examination by DailyMail.com of emails released by the State Department shows that backup copies of many of Abedin’s work-related messages with Clinton were created in the dates after Clinton left the State Department in early 2013.

The emails, released at the end of December, show that they had been put on Weiner’s laptop by a BlackBerry archiving program.

A tech expert told Dailymail.com that Abedin would have to have activated the backup program and may well have plugged her device into the laptop – raising further questions over her testimony to the FBI.

Abedin was Clinton’s deputy chief of staff at the State Department and remains her closest aide.  

Like Clinton, she was cleared by then FBI director James Comey in the wake of the investigation into the former Secretary of State and her staff’s handling of classified material.

Last Thursday it was revealed that the Department of Justice is looking again at the Clinton email investigation, after President Donald Trump’s provocative tweet calling for ‘jail’ for Abedin. It is also being examined by the FBI’s Inspector General.

Huma Abedin did in fact back up her emails between her and Hillary Clinton on to her husband Anthony Weiner’s laptop an examination by the State Department revealed 

The emails were discovered by the FBI just weeks before the 2016 presidential election when the agency seized Weiner’s laptop after DailyMail.com revealed he was sexting a 15-year-old girl

The disclosure that Abedin made backups will raise further questions over Comey’s decision-making and is likely to be studied by the Department of Justice’s renewed probe.

The emails were discovered by the FBI just weeks before the 2016 election when the agency seized Weiner’s laptop after DailyMail.com revealed he was sexting a 15-year-old girl, an offense for which he is now behind bars.

The FBI sought permission to review its other contents when they realized that the laptop contained not just evidence of his perverted grooming of a minor, but emails from the notorious Clintonemail.com server.

Comey sent shockwaves through the election when he revealed that the Clinton email probe had been renewed in October because of the discovery of emails on Weiner’s laptop.

He quickly abandoned it, saying the emails were not new, but Clinton continues to believe that his actions helped cost her the election.

Since then legal action by conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch has forced the release of hundreds of emails, including a latest tranche at the end of last week which show that they were on Weiner’s laptop because they had been backed up from another device. 

The messages were archived from ‘BBB Backup’ and ‘LoaderBackup’ from a BlackBerry Bold 9700 in February 2013 – weeks after Huma and Hillary left the State Department 

Huma had told the FBI that she did not have a way of preserving the messages she exchanged with her boss and said those conversations were ‘left on the system’

Emails released by the State Department this week included at least five messages from Abedin that were marked ‘Classified’ and were found on Weiner’s laptop

The emails show they were sent in from Abedin’s BlackBerry on February 3, 2013 and February 7, 2013. She had left the State Department, like Clinton, on January 20

The classified messages included discussions on Israel and other Middle Eastern issues from 2010, 2011 and 2012

It is unclear if whether the FBI agents who examined the emails found in Weiner’s laptop in October appreciated that their presence there contradicted Abedin’s statements from her deposition 

What is unclear is whether the FBI agents who examined the emails found in Weiner’s laptop in October appreciated that their presence there contradicted Abedin’s evidence to them and a deposition she made under oath.

Abedin had told FBI investigators that she did not have a method of preserving the emails she exchanged on a private server with Clinton.

‘Abedin stated that she lost most of her old emails as a result of the transition [from the State Department].

‘She had only accessed clintonemail.com through a web portal and did not have a method for archiving her old emails prior to the transition,’ said notes taken during an FBI interview of Huma Abedin on April 5, 2016.

Abedin gave a similar response when she was deposed under oath by attorneys from Judicial Watch on June 28, 2016.

‘With respect to those State Department work-related emails on the Clintonemail.com accounts, what did you do, if anything, to preserve those emails?’ asked an attorney with Judicial Watch, according to a transcript of the deposition.

Abedin responded that she ‘did not do anything to preserve those emails’.

Abedin and other members of Clinton’s inner circle at the State Department used multiple email addresses – including one official State Department account, and another on Clinton’s private email server located at her home. Above they are pictured in 2010

‘The instances where it was Clintonemail to Clintonemail, there were instances where the content of those emails had personal matters in there, and there may have also been State Department matters in there, too. 

‘It was a – a combination. But I did not – I did not preserve those e-mails,’ added Abedin.

Abedin and other members of Clinton’s inner circle at the State Department used multiple email addresses – including one official State Department account, and another on Clinton’s private email server located at her home.

Abedin testified that she left all of her emails from her Clinton server account in her inbox after leaving the State Department. She said she did not delete any emails.

‘I just left everything on what – on the system, I guess,’ she said during her deposition.  

The discovery of the existence of the Clinton server has led to a series of lawsuits by Judicial Watch.

It was during one of those that Abedin was deposed under oath and it was due to another one that the State Department had to release the latest tranche of emails last Friday.

Abedin has said she was not aware that her emails were on Weiner’s laptop and did not know how they ended up on his computer. 

She reportedly used the laptop occasionally to check her messages.

Some of the emails found on Weiner’s laptop were forwarded to him directly from Abedin, their details show.

But many of them ended up on the computer through the backups of Abedin’s BlackBerry on February 3, 2013 and February 7, 2013. She had left the State Department, like Clinton, on January 20.

The messages were archived from ‘BBB Backup’ and ‘LoaderBackup’ from a BlackBerry Bold 9700.

Ariel Coro, a technology consultant and analyst for Univision, reviewed the emails and told DailyMail.com that Abedin or someone working for her would have had to intentionally set up the backup program for her BlackBerry.

‘What you’re seeing here is a backup restore of what was sent from her phone,’ said Coro. 

‘They set up a backup to be done when she plugged it in to her computer, to the laptop, or potentially over the air [remotely]. 

‘This is not an accident, this was configured to back up, either directly [to the laptop] or through the air,’ he added. ‘This was something that was configured, or at least opted-in.’

That means that either Abedin, or an assistant, consciously set up the backup system or that she confirmed that she wanted to backup when she was prompted to by her BlackBerry.

Once that program was set up, it could be scheduled to archive her data automatically. It could have also been programmed to save phone contacts, photos, texts and other phone data. 

The emails released by the State Department included at least five messages from Abedin that were marked ‘Classified’ and were found on Weiner’s laptop.

The government classifies information at that level when its exposure ‘reasonably could be expected to cause damage to national security.’

The classified messages included discussions on Israel and other Middle Eastern issues from 2010, 2011 and 2012.

 

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A top aide to Hillary Clinton did not forward ‘‘hundreds and thousands’’ of emails to her husband’s laptop as FBI Director James Comey recently testified to Congress, according to a person familiar with the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server.

Comey, testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, provided new details about the email server investigation and his reason for alerting Congress just before Election Day to the new discovery of emails on the laptop of former Rep. Anthony Weiner. The congressman separated last year from Huma Abedin, the Clinton aide.

He said Abedin was in the practice of forwarding emails to the laptop to be printed out for Clinton, saying at one point that ‘‘hundreds and thousands’’ had been forwarded.

But a person familiar with the investigation, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss the testimony publicly, says that was a misstatement of the number of emails involved.

Comey said that some of the emails contained classified information, but the person said Abedin never forwarded anything that was marked classified.

The FBI had no immediate comment Tuesday.

 

Anthony Weiner, Congressional portrait, c. 2007

Anthony Weiner is a former member of the United States House of Representatives from New York City who has been involved in multiple sex scandals related to sexting.

The first scandal began when Weiner was a Democratic U.S. Congressman. He used the social media website Twitter to send a link that contained a sexually suggestive picture of himself to a 21-year-old woman. After initially denying reports that he had posted the image, he admitted that he sent a link to the photo, which was described by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as an “erection barely covered by a man’s underwear”[1] and by iPolitics as a “man-bulge in boxer briefs”.[2] He also sent additional sexually explicit photos and messages to women before and during his marriage. He denied ever having met or having had a physical relationship with any of the women. On June 16, 2011, Weiner announced his intention to resign from Congress effective June 23.

Weiner returned to politics in April 2013 when he entered the New York City mayoral race. After additional pictures of Weiner were released, Weiner admitted sexting at least three women since his resignation from Congress. He remained in the race until the end, placing fifth in the Democratic primary.

Following a report from the Daily Mail in September 2016, the FBI investigated Weiner for sexting with a 15-year-old girl. His laptop was seized and emails related to the Hillary Clinton email controversy were found on it, causing a controversy late in the presidential election. On May 19, 2017, Weiner pled guilty to one count of transferring obscene material to a minor. His wife, Huma Abedin, filed for divorce prior to Weiner’s guilty plea. In September, he was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison. He served his sentence at Federal Medical Center, Devens, in Ayer, Massachusetts.[3]

Initial media reports and Weiner’s denial

On May 27, 2011, Weiner used his public Twitter account to send a link to a photo on yfrog.[4][5] The picture of his erect penis concealed by boxer briefs[4][1][6][5] was sent to a 21-year-old female college student from SeattleWashington,[7] who was following his posts on the social media website.[8] Though the link was quickly removed from Weiner’s Twitter account, screen shots of Weiner’s original message and of the photo were captured by a user identified as “Dan Wolfe” on Twitter and subsequently sent to blogger Andrew Breitbart who published them on his BigGovernment website the following day.[9] CNN described it as a “lewd photograph” of a “man bulge in … underwear”.[10]

On June 1, 2011, Weiner gave a series of interviews in which he denied sending the photo and suggested that someone, perhaps a political opponent, had hacked into his accounts and published the photo.[11] Weiner also said he could not say “with certitude” that the photo was not of him. He suggested that the image might be doctored, saying, “Maybe it did start being a photo of mine and now looks something different or maybe it is from another account.”[12][13] He did not ask the FBI or U.S. Capitol Police to investigate the incident[14] but said he had retained a private security firm to look into this matter because he felt it was a prank, not a crime.[15] Several bloggers accused Wolfe and Breitbart of planting the photo and message as part of a scheme to defame Weiner.[16]

Evidence later revealed that a group of self-described conservatives[17] had been monitoring Weiner’s communications with women for at least three months. Two false identities of underage girls had been created by unknown parties to solicit communication with Weiner and the women he was contacting.[17] Bloggers reported a tweet made in April by a 17-year-old Delaware girl in which she exclaimed, “Seriously talking to Representative Weiner from New York right now! Like is my life real?” In early June, Fox News Channel, whose reporter “happened to be there when the cops showed up”, reported that police went to the girl’s house to question her and her parents. The police, who had been “made aware of an alleged contact” between Weiner and the girl, also reviewed content on her computer. Weiner confirmed having communicated with the girl, but denied sending any inappropriate messages. The family of the girl stated the contact was “not salacious or in any manner inappropriate”. The police did not find anything wrong in Weiner’s communications with the girl.[18][19][20] The entire incident was later dubbed “Weinergate”.[21][22]

Admission

On June 6, Breitbart posted a cropped, shirtless picture of Weiner that was obtained from a second woman on the Internet,[9][23][24] and said that Weiner had sent more pictures of himself, including at least one that was sexually graphic.[25] After this information had been made public, Weiner held a press conference in New York and apologized, saying, “I have not been honest with myself, my family, my constituents, my friends and supporters, and the media” and that, “to be clear, the picture was of me, and I sent it.”[26] After being prompted by reporters, he specifically apologized to Andrew Breitbart.[27] He also said he had “engaged in several inappropriate conversations conducted over Twitter, Facebookemail and occasionally on the phone” and had exchanged “messages and photos of an explicit nature with about six women over the last three years”. He added he had never met or had a physical relationship with any of them. He said he was “deeply ashamed” of his “terrible judgment and actions”, which he called “very dumb”.[28]

When Weiner answered questions, he said that he had the continuing support of his wife Huma Abedin, who was a long-time aide to Hillary Clinton.[29] He had married Abedin in July 2010 in a ceremony officiated by Bill Clinton, and he said that he did not intend to resign his congressional seat.[30] Prior to his marriage, Weiner was known for his “bachelor exploits with some of New York’s most eligible women,” detailed in a 2011 Moment profile of the Congressman.[31] Following the revelations of his inappropriate communications, his reportedly emotional apology to former president Clinton was referred to in the press as highly ironic.[32] Asked about an allegation that he had engaged in phone sex with a woman in Nevada, Weiner neither confirmed nor denied the statement, saying that though he did not want to impinge the privacy of any of the women, neither would he contradict any of their statements.[28] At his press conference, Weiner did admit that he had exchanged the reported sexting messages with his accuser.[28][33]

Later events

During an appearance on Sirius XM radio on June 8, 2011, Breitbart showed hosts Opie and Anthony a photograph of what he claimed to be Weiner’s nude genitalia. One of the cameras in the room caught the cell phone’s display, and the hosts subsequently leaked the photo by publishing it on Twitter.[34] Breitbart stated that the photo was published without his permission, and later told KFI radio, “These people have admitted that they did this surreptitiously and illicitly and they lied in the process saying that they didn’t even have a camera in the place.”[35] Weiner’s spokesperson issued the following statement: “As Representative Weiner said on Monday when he took responsibility for his actions, he has sent explicit photos.”[36]

News media also reported the identity of other Weiner’s social media contacts, Lisa Weiss, a 40-year-old blackjack dealer in Las Vegas,[37] and 28-year-old porn actress Ginger Lee[38][39] who had exchanged sexually oriented messages with Weiner. On June 15, Ginger Lee held a press conference during which she said that when she requested advice from Weiner on how to respond to the media, he had advised her on June 2 that if they both stayed quiet the scandal would die down.[40]

Political and constituent reaction

On the afternoon of June 6, 2011, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called for an investigation by the House Ethics Committee to determine “whether any official resources were used or any other violation of House rules occurred”.[41] A number of Democratic and Republican congressmen called for Weiner’s resignation.[42] On June 7, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus called for him to resign, and challenged Pelosi to suggest the same. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R, VA) said he should resign, opining: “The last thing we need is to be immersed in discussion about Congressman Weiner and his Twitter activities.”[43] House Democrats who called for him to resign on June 8 included Representatives Allyson Schwartz (PA), Mike Ross (AR), Mike Michaud (ME), Niki Tsongas (MA), Larry Kissell (NC) and Joe Donnelly (IN).[44]

On June 11, Nancy Pelosi, DCCC Chair Steve Israel, and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz called for Weiner’s resignation.[45] Weiner requested and was granted a short leave of absence from the House to obtain professional treatment of an unspecified nature.[46]

Two June 6 surveys of New York City adult residents provided conflicting results. A TV station NY1 and Marist College poll indicated that 51% believed Weiner should remain in Congress, 30% thought he should step down, and 18% were unsure.[47] A WABC-TV/SurveyUSA automated survey found the city divided, with 46 percent who thought he should resign and 41 percent who thought he should stay in office.[48] On June 9, a NY1-Marist Poll showed that 56% of registered voters in Weiner’s Congressional District wanted him to stay in Congress, and 33% thought he should resign, with 12% uncertain. In the same poll, 73% said he acted unethically, but not illegally.[49]

On June 13, White House spokesman Jay Carney said “The president feels… this is a distraction, as Congressman Weiner has said himself, his behavior was inappropriate; dishonesty was inappropriate.”[50] President Barack Obama said in an interview later that day that if he were Weiner, he would resign.[51]

Resignation

On June 16, 2011, Weiner announced he would resign his seat in Congress. He made the announcement at a news conference in Brooklyn, at the same location where he announced his first campaign for New York City Council in 1992.[52][53][54]

On June 20, Weiner formally submitted his letter of resignation from the U.S. House of Representatives, effective at midnight on June 21.[55][56] His letter of resignation was read on the floor of the House of Representatives on June 23 and entered into the record.[52][57]

In a special election held on September 13, 2011, to fill the vacant seat, the Republican candidate, businessman Bob Turner, defeated the Democratic candidate, State Assemblyman David Weprin.[58]

2013 mayoral race and second scandal

In April 2013, the former congressman announced his return to politics as candidate for mayor of New York City. He soon became the front runner against Democratic primary-opponent City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.[59]

On July 23, 2013, more pictures and sexting allegedly by Weiner were released by the website The Dirty.[60][61] They were allegedly sent under the alias “Carlos Danger” to a 22-year-old woman named with whom Weiner had contact in late 2012, as late as April 2013,[61] more than a year after Weiner left Congress. The woman’s identity had yet to be confirmed. At a news conference that same day, with his wife Huma by his side, Weiner responded, “I said that other texts and photos were likely to come out, and today they have.” He also said he would not drop out of the mayoral election for the City of New York.[62]

On July 24 Weiner’s sexting partner’s identity was confirmed as Sydney Leathers[63] on CNN by a personal friend. Later The New York Times print edition called for Weiner to withdraw from the mayoral race in an editorial titled “Mr. Weiner and the Elusive Truth”.[64] In a joint NBC 4 New York/The Wall Street Journal/Marist Institute for Public Opinion poll taken that day, Weiner’s favorability rating had dropped over 20 points, and he had lost the lead in the primary race to councilor Quinn, now leading him 25 to 16 percent.[65]

On July 25, the New York Daily News reported that, at a news conference in Brooklyn that day, Weiner admitted that he had sexted with three women in the months after his resignation from Congress, and that there had been six to ten women involved in total, not “dozens and dozens”.[66] Weiner’s campaign manager Danny Kedem quit the weekend after the news conference.[67]

Following the primary election on September 10, 2013, the press reported that Sydney Leathers, the young woman at the center of the second scandal, attempted to enter Weiner’s campaign party that night, without an invitation.[68][69] Weiner lost decisively in the election, finishing in fifth place with 4.9% of the vote.[70]

Criminal conviction and divorce

On August 28, 2016, the New York Post reported that Weiner had engaged in sexting with another woman, including sending one picture in July 2015 while lying in bed with his toddler son sleeping next to him.[71] The New York Times reported the next day that Weiner and his wife intended to separate.[72] Weiner had served as a contributor to NY1, which put him on indefinite leave.[73]

On September 21, 2016, the Daily Mail published an article claiming that Weiner had engaged in sexting with a 15-year-old girl.[74] It’s not known how the Daily Mail learned of this incident as in the Daily Mail article the girl’s father says he did not contact the police and this article was used as reason for the FBI and NYPD to begin investigating Weiner. Devices owned by Weiner and Abedin were seized as part of the investigation into this incident.[75] Emails pertinent to the Hillary Clinton email controversy were discovered on Weiner’s laptop, prompting FBI Director James Comey to reopen that investigation late into the 2016 US presidential election.[76] Hillary Clinton has cited Comey’s decision as one reason why she lost the election to Donald Trump.[77]

On January 31, 2017, The Wall Street Journal reported that federal prosecutors were weighing whether to bring child pornography charges against Weiner over the incident.[78] On May 19, 2017, The New York Times reported Weiner had surrendered to the FBI that morning, and under a plea bargain he intended to plead guilty to a single charge of transferring obscene material to a minor.[79] Abedin reportedly filed for divorce prior to his guilty plea.[80] On September 25, 2017, Judge Denise Cote of the Southern District of New York agreed to a plea agreement sentence totaling 21 months in federal prison, three years supervised release, and for Weiner to register as a sex offender.[81] Weiner reported to Federal Medical Center, Devens on November 6.[82] He was released from prison on February 17, 2019,[83] and was ordered to register as a sex offender in April that year.[84]

In popular culture

The first scandal was used as the inspiration for part of the plot line of seasons 1–2 of the Showtime series Homeland, where a protagonist, a war hero (played by Damian Lewis), is invited to run for Congress (and subsequently gets elected) after the political career of “Congressman Dick Johnson” comes to a sudden end after his sexting pictures are publicized. An article in The Washington Post, noting that the Weiner story broke just in time for script purposes, quotes Alex Gansa, co-creator of Homeland: “We were looking for a way that our lead character could become a congressman in a very quick period of time. This presented itself on a platter.”[85]

The 2016 documentary Weiner covers his resignation from Congress and his 2013 run for Mayor of New York City.[86][87]

See also

References

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FBI agents were stunned to find thousands of Hillary Clinton’s private emails while examining Anthony Weiner’s electronic devices for explicit text messages with a teen girl, a new book alleges.

The agents called the discovery an “oh sh-t” moment as they combed through Weiner’s iPhone, iPad and laptop after it was revealed he had been sending inappropriate messages to a minor, journalist James B. Stewart claims in his new book “Deep State: Trump, the FBI, and the Rule of Law,” out Tuesday.

Within hours of the Sept. 26, 2016, search warrant, FBI technicians noticed there were 340,000 emails on the laptop between Clinton and her top aide, Weiner’s wife Huma Abedin — many of them from domain addresses such as “hillaryclinton.com” and “state.gov.”

At an FBI briefing later that week, one participant said the revelation was like “dropping a bomb in the middle of the meeting.”

But the discovery fell through the cracks because top FBI officials were “overwhelmed” by the Russia probe, Stewart wrote.

A determined New York FBI agent was “scared” by what he had found and pressed his superiors to finish the job.

“I’m telling you that we have potentially ten times the volume that Director Comey said we had on the record,” the agent recounted to Stewart. “Why isn’t anybody here?”

The book also revealed how former FBI lawyer Lisa Page lied to bosses at the bureau about her affair with agent Peter Strzok — telling FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe the pair were never romantically involved.

 

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Several emails with classified information from former Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin were among a tranche of documents released Friday that were found on Anthony Weiner’s personal computer during an FBI probe. 

The State Department released about 2,800 emails, only a few of which included classified information, as part of a successful lawsuit by conservative legal group Judicial Watch. 

The public release of the documents uncovered by the FBI included Clinton’s daily schedule, conversations about media interviews, traveling arrangements and talking points for calls with heads of nations around the world.

Some names and details were redacted, while other messages were entirely redacted or marked with classified information. 

After the emails were made public, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton called the release a “major victory.” 

“Judicial Watch has forced the State Department to finally allow Americans to see these public documents,” Fitton said. “That these government docs were on Anthony Weiner’s laptop dramatically illustrates the need for the Justice Department to finally do a serious investigation of Hillary Clinton’s and Huma Abedin’s obvious violations of law.” 

The FBI said most of the emails ended up on Weiner’s computer because of backups from Abedin’s personal electronic devices. Former FBI Director James Comey has said investigators could not prove Abedin acted with criminal intent or “had a sense that what she was doing was in violation of the law.”

A November 2010 email was partially redacted due to “classified” and “confidential” information. It detailed a planned call between Clinton and Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, where then-Secretary of State Clinton would warn al-Faisal about Wikileaks planning to release sensitive documents. 

That same month, Wikileaks released the U.S. diplomatic cables leak, known as “Cablegate.”

A second email, also from November 2010, mentioned a talk with United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan. It was also redacted and marked as having classified information. 

Another email with classified information from November 2011 was redacted entirely and also marked “confidential.” 

The email’s subject line reads, “Egyptian MFA on Hammas-PLO talks,” an apparent reference to the Palestinian Authority.

A 2011 message regarding a call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was redacted for “classified” and “confidential” information. The four-page email explains what their phone call would entail but nearly all of the message was redacted. 

A fifth email, sent in May 2012, was also marked as having “classified” and “confidential” information. The contents of the email aren’t entirely clear as many details are redacted. The message talks about “issues” and a press conference. 

The email lists being from “BBB backup,” which is the program BlackBerry phones use to backup information.

Some messages released were forwarded to Weiner by Abedin. In one 2010 email, Abedin forwarded a message that another official sent to her and Clinton discussing changes in Israel’s Gaza policy. The email did not have any classified information. 

Abedin was Clinton’s deputy chief of staff at the State Department and was married to Weiner, the former New York congressman who pleaded guilty in May to sexting with a 15-year-old girl and was sentenced in September to 21 months in prison. Abedin has since filed for divorce. 

Abedin’s email practices have been in the spotlight before — and were central to the FBI’s decision to re-open the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server when she was secretary of State. 

In a May 3 Senate hearing, Comey defended his decision to announce the reopening of the probe 11 days before the November 2016 election after he learned about emails recovered on Weiner’s laptop. “I could not see a door labeled, ‘No action needed,'” he said then.

The FBI recovered the emails while investigating Weiner in a separate sexting investigation. 

More: FBI: Director James Comey’s testimony on Clinton aide was inaccurate

More: FBI obtains warrant to review emails linked to Huma Abedin

More: I was ‘a very sick man’: Tearful Anthony Weiner gets 21 months in sexting case

Also in that hearing, Comey testified that Abedin forwarded “hundreds of thousands” of messages involving Clinton — some of which contained classified information — to her husband so he could print them out.  

However, just days later, the FBI sent a letter to the Senate panel explaining that Comey’s assessment was inaccurate.

Only 49,000 emails potentially relevant to the Clinton investigation were found on Weiner’s laptop, the FBI said then. A majority of them ended up on Weiner’s computer because of backups from Abedin’s personal electronic devices — and Abedin forwarded only a “small number” of the emails, the FBI said. 

Of those forwarded to Weiner, only two email chains contained classified information, the FBI said. Ten other email chains that had classified information were on the laptop because of backups, the FBI said. What’s more, all 12 email chains had been previously reviewed by investigators. 

President Trump fired Comey on May 9, the same day the correction letter was sent to the Hill. 

More: FBI Director James Comey ‘mildly nauseous’ Clinton email probe decisions may have impacted election

More: President Trump fires FBI Director James Comey

– Jessica Estepa contributed.

 

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Was the FBI biased against Donald Trump in 2016? Trump and his supporters think so, and now they have fresh evidence: a 500-page report on the Hillary Clinton email investigation, prepared by the Justice Department’s inspector general. The report includes text messages in which two then–FBI officials, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, spoke of “stopping” Trump. On the other hand, the report concluded: “We found no evidence that the conclusions by Department prosecutors were affected by bias or other improper considerations.”

My reading of the report is more complicated. FBI bias did affect the election, and the bias was, in a sense, pro-Clinton. But the bias didn’t help Clinton. It destroyed her.

On Sept. 26, 2016, as part of a sex crimes investigation, an FBI agent in New York found hundreds of thousands of emails on a laptop belonging to former Rep. Anthony Weiner, who was married at the time to Huma Abedin, a top Clinton aide. Two days later, the head of the New York FBI office told dozens of FBI executives, including Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, that the laptop had 140,000 emails possibly relevant to the Clinton investigation. The next day, on Sept. 29, the New York office told several members of the FBI’s Clinton investigation team that the emails included BlackBerry messages. That was a red flag, because although the FBI had closed the Clinton investigation in July 2016, it had never found old messages from her BlackBerry account, which theoretically, was the most likely place to contain evidence of criminal intent.

The laptop was on a list of topics discussed by McCabe and other FBI officials on Oct. 3 and 4. And then … nothing happened. “After October 4, we found no evidence that anyone associated with the [Clinton] investigation, including the entire leadership team at FBI Headquarters, took any action on the Weiner laptop issue until the week of October 24,” says the report. Headquarters followed up only after being prompted on Oct. 21 by the New York office. Not until Oct. 27 did FBI officials brief FBI Director James Comey about the laptop.

By then, the bureau’s technical experts thought there was too little time before the election to go through the emails and determine whether any were incriminating. So Comey sent a letter to Congress disclosing what he could: that “the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation.” Clinton sank in the polls. More than a week later, just two days before the election, the FBI announced that it had searched the emails enough to know that they wouldn’t change its decision not to recommend her prosecution. But the damage was done. She lost.

That three-week delay arguably cost Clinton the election. In interviews with the IG’s investigators, Comey says that if he had known about the laptop’s contents at the beginning of October, he might have kept his mouth shut and waited for FBI analysts to determine whether any of the emails were incriminating. But the report finds no evidence that the three-week delay was a conspiracy to hurt Clinton. It was a product of neglect. (Full disclosure: My wife works for the general counsel to the IG. She played no role in the investigation.)

In the report, four insiders try to explain the delay: McCabe, Strzok, Page, and FBI Assistant Director Bill Priestap. They’re full of excuses, blame, and indifference. The laptop search “was not viewed as a mission-critical activity,” Priestap tells the IG investigators. There was “no particular urgency,” adds Page. It wasn’t “a ticking terrorist bomb,” says Strzok. His view, he recalls in the report, was that “it goes in the queue.”

These officials were content to wait until after the election. “My team was prepared to pursue this matter in the normal course, recognizing that it might not be completed until after the presidential election,” says Priestap. Strzok figured the laptop might yield information that the bureau would “have to review, you know, January, February 2017, whenever it gets done.”

Priestap had closed the case, known internally as Midyear, and wasn’t interested in revisiting it. “My focus wasn’t on Midyear anymore,” he tells the IG investigators. “Yes, we’ve got to review it. Yes, it may contain evidence we didn’t know.” But “I felt confident that we had gotten to the bottom” of the case, he concludes. “It was water under the bridge.” In a written statement, Priestap adds: “I sincerely doubted that the emails identified on [the Weiner] laptop were likely to alter our informed view of the matter, and therefore did not prioritize the follow-on work over higher priority matters.”

The higher-priority matter was Russia. By October 2016, says Page, she and others who had worked on the Clinton case were “super-focused” on the nascent Russia investigation. That was a time-sensitive question, Strzok explains: “Is the government of Russia trying to get somebody elected here in the United States?” Next to that, the Weiner laptop was just “another thing to worry about.”

Strzok, Page, and Priestap weren’t wrong. The emails on Weiner’s laptop proved to be irrelevant, and the Russia investigation turned out to be gravely incriminating. But by discounting the laptop instead of pressing for follow-up, they put Comey in a bind that resulted in his Oct. 28 letter—which Strzok, perversely, was enlisted to help draft. Months earlier, he had assured Page that Trump couldn’t actually win. “[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right?” Page asked Strzok in a text message on Aug. 8, 2016. “No he won’t,” Strzok replied. “We’ll stop it.” But the candidate they ended up stopping was Clinton.

In their interviews with IG investigators, Strzok and Priestap insist they didn’t corrupt the investigation. “I do not believe that the Bureau made a conscious decision to specifically assign a lower priority to the review of [the Weiner] laptop,” says Priestap. Strzok, for his part, mocks the idea of a “conspiracy.” Any personal bias on the FBI team, he argues, “didn’t result in actions which would be indicative of bias.”

In a sense, that’s true. The FBI officials who feared Trump’s election, and who refused to take seriously the possibility that new evidence might implicate Clinton, didn’t hand the election to her. They may have taken it away from her.

 

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Q: Did the FBI wait until after the 2016 election to review the Hillary Clinton emails found on Anthony Weiner’s laptop?

A: No. A viral story misinterprets an FBI document and ignores widely reported facts.

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Citing a recently released FBI document, a viral story misleads readers by claiming that the emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that were found on Anthony Weiner’s laptop weren’t “reviewed” by an FBI investigator until after the 2016 election.

The FB News Cycle story claims that the document proves that now-fired FBI agent Peter Strzok “buried evidence of HRC’s corruption.”

But the premise is false: The emails were reviewed days before the election.

Some background:

  • On July 5, 2016, former FBI Director James Comey announced that the bureau would recommend that charges not be filed in the probe into Clinton’s use of a private email system while heading the State Department.
  • On Sept. 26, 2016, the FBI executed a search warrant on former Rep. Anthony Weiner’s iPhone, iPad and laptop computer, and discovered 141,000 emails on the laptop that were potentially relevant to the FBI’s closed investigation of Clinton. Longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin was married to Weiner at the time. (Abedin’s lawyer said early this year the couple was privately finalizing their divorce.) Weiner was being separately investigated for “sexting” with an underage teenage girl.
  • A month later, on Oct. 28, 2016, Comey told lawmakers in a letter that the FBI had “learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation” and that investigators would “review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information.”
  • On Nov. 6, 2016, Comey told Congress in a follow-up memo that the FBI had “reviewed all of the communications that were to or from Hillary Clinton while she was Secretary of State” and that officials “have not changed our conclusions.”
  • The election took place Nov. 8, 2016.

The Aug. 4 story on fbnewscycle.com ignores these facts and claims that the emails found on Weiner’s laptop weren’t eyed until after the election. The post gained popularity on the Facebook page “Donald Trump is Our President,” from which it was reshared by thousands.

“While the NYPD was conducting a forensic analysis of the Weiner/Abedin laptop, it was discovered that the hard drive contained 350,000 of Hillary Clinton’s emails and 344,000 Blackberry communications,” the story says. “Here’s what you were never told by the HRC-BHO protective media. These were never reviewed by the FBI investigators assigned to help lead agent Peter Strzok. Nor, was any attempt made to analyze the newly discovered files until after the election was over.”

As evidence, the website includes an FBI document dated Nov. 9, 2016 — the day after the election — that indicates Strzok had requested that a copy of a laptop’s hard drive be reviewed for “evidence of intrusion.” The document was among a batch released earlier this month to the conservative group Judicial Watch.

But that document isn’t evidence that the emails weren’t reviewed before the Nov. 8 election.

A June 2018 report by the Justice Department Office of the Inspector General, which conducted a review of the bureau’s investigation, indicates that the FBI obtained a search warrant for the laptop on Oct. 30, 2016 — this time to look for information related to the Clinton email investigation — and that multiple investigators were involved in the review.

“The Midyear team flagged all potentially work-related emails encountered during the review process and compared those to emails that they had previously reviewed in other datasets,” the report states, referring to the investigation by its “Midyear” code name. “Any work-related emails that were unique, meaning that they did not appear in any other dataset, were individually reviewed by the Lead Analyst, Strzok, and FBI Attorney 1 for evidentiary value.”

The report indicates the review of the emails was completed Nov. 6, 2016, before Comey sent his second letter to Congress. Still, it says, the lead analyst on the case told the inspector general’s office that even after that review, the FBI needed to do more investigative work.

“The Lead Analyst told us that the further investigative steps needed to complete the investigation included at least a ‘malware analysis’ to examine the laptop for intrusion and a re-interview of Abedin,” the report states.

The analyst said that such an analysis was needed to know if the laptop was “compromised by anyone” or if a “foreign power obtained” classified material.

So, while further examination took place after the election, it’s false to claim, as fbnewscycle.com did, that Strzok’s intrusion analysis request “shows he sat on the laptop for more than 6 weeks – until the election was over!”

The FBI’s handling of the emails on Weiner’s laptop has indeed fueled criticism about why the agency chose to wait weeks before taking action on the late-September discovery. The inspector general’s report said it found no “consistent or persuasive explanation” for the delay, but said it gathered no evidence that the laptop was “deliberately placed on the back-burner by others in the FBI to protect Clinton.”

Clinton, for her part, has argued that the timing of the announcement to review the emails did quite the opposite.

Editor’s note: FactCheck.org is one of several organizations working with Facebook to debunk false stories shared on the social media network.

Sources

A Review of Various Actions by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice in Advance of the 2016 Election.” Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Justice. June 2018.

Comey, James. Director, FBI. Letter to Congress. 28 Oct 2016.

Comey, James. Director, FBI. Letter to Congress. 6 Nov 2016.

Statement by FBI Director James B. Comey on the Investigation of Secretary Hillary Clinton’s Use of a Personal E-Mail System.” Press release, FBI. 5 Jul 2016.

Strzok, Peter. Agent, FBI. “Case Support Request.” 9 Nov 2016.

 

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It was arguably the most consequential “October Surprise” in the history of American presidential elections. In the waning days of the 2016 race, with polls showing Hillary Clinton clinging to a lead over Donald Trump, two last-minute stories broke that rekindled on-the-fence voters’ ethical doubts about Democrat Clinton and quashed a budding scandal around her GOP rival.

Except the “October Surprise” was no surprise to one key player: Rudolph Giuliani, the ex-New York mayor and Trump insider who later became the 45th president’s attorney. Late that month, Giuliani told Fox News that the trailing Republican nominee had “a surprise or two that you’re going to hear about in the next few days. I mean, I’m talking about some pretty big surprises.”

Just two days later, then-FBI director James Comey revealed the bureau had reopened its probe into Clinton’s emails, based on the possible discovery of new communications on a laptop belonging to disgraced New York politico Anthony Weiner. The news jolted the campaign with a particularly strong boost from the New York Times, which devoted two-thirds of its front page to the story — and the notion it was a major blow to Clinton’s prospects.

It was later reported that Comey was motivated to make the unusual announcement about the laptop because he feared leaks from the FBI’s New York field office, which, according to Reuters, had “a faction of investigators based in the office known to be hostile to Hillary Clinton.” Indeed, Giuliani bragged immediately after that he had sources in the FBI, including current agents.

The supposed bombshell — it turned out there was nothing incriminating or particularly new on the laptop — wasn’t the only FBI-related story that boosted Trump in the homestretch of the 2016 campaign. On Oct. 31, citing unnamed “intelligence sources,” the Times reported, “Investigating Donald Trump, F.B.I. Sees No Clear Link to Russia.” That article defused a budding scandal about the GOP White House hopeful — at least until after Trump’s shock election on Nov. 8, 2016. In the coming days and weeks, the basis of that Times article would melt, but by then the most unlikely POTUS in U.S. history was ensconced in the Oval Office.

There are many reasons for Trump’s victory, but experts have argued the FBI disclosures were decisive. In 2017, polling guru Nate Silver argued that the Comey probe disclosure cost Clinton as many as 3-4 percentage points and at least one percentage point, which would have flipped Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin and handed her the Electoral College.

Clearly, the wrong investigation was reopened.

This week’s stunning corruption charges against a top FBI spymaster who assumed a key role in the bureau’s New York office just weeks before 2016′s “October surprise” — an agent who by 2018 was known to be working for a Vladimir Putin-tied Russian oligarch — should cause America to rethink everything we think we know about the Trump-Russia scandal and how it really happened that Trump won that election.

The government allegations against the former G-man Charles McGonigal (also accused of taking a large foreign payment while still on the FBI payroll) and the outsized American influence of the sanctioned-and-later-indicted Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska — also tied to U.S. pols from Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort to Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell — should make us also look again at what was really up with the FBI in 2016.

How coordinated was the effort in that New York field office to pump up the ultimate nothingburger about Clinton’s emails while poo-pooing the very real evidence of Russian interference on Trump’s behalf, and who were the agents behind it? What was the role, if any, of McGonigal and his international web of intrigue? Was the now-tainted McGonigal a source who told the New York Times that fateful October that Russia was not trying to help Trump win the election — before the U.S. intelligence community determined the exact opposite? If not McGonigal, just who was intentionally misleading America’s most influential news org, and why?

As a veteran journalist, I find the Times’ role in this fiasco — although likely an unwitting one — deeply disturbing. To be sure, the 2016 FBI leaks weren’t the first time a major news organization has been burned by anonymous law enforcement sources, and regrettably it probably won’t be the last. Media critics have been talking for years about the Times’ flawed coverage, and how its near certainty that Clinton would win and a desire to show its aggressiveness toward a future president seems to have skewed its coverage.

It’s not only that America’s so-called paper of record has never apologized for its over-the-top coverage of the Clinton emails or the deeply flawed story about the FBI Trump-Russia probe. It’s that the Times has shown a stunning lack of curiosity about finding out what went wrong. In May 2017, or just seven months after Trump’s election, then-Times executive editor Dean Baquet ended the position of public editor, an independent journalist who was embedded in the newsroom to cover controversies exactly like these.

Baquet said the rise of social media meant the public could now raise such questions. OK, those questions are being raised. When can we expect answers? (I’ve sent a Twitter direct message to one of the coauthors of the 2016 FBI-Trump-Russia article, Eric Lichtblau, and attempted connecting with the other, Steven Lee Myers, and I’ll let you know if I hear back.)

Last week’s indictment of McGonigal is a classic case of raising more questions than were answered. The evidence presented by prosecutors suggests the FBI counterintelligence expert wasn’t introduced to Deripaska until his waning days with the bureau in 2018, aided by a pair of Russian diplomats. In 2019, after he’d retired, the indictment says McGonigal went to work for the oligarch to help him evade U.S. sanctions and to investigate a rival. But the Times also reported that U.S. counterintelligence — in which McGonigal had been a key player — had tried unsuccessfully to recruit Deripaska as an asset in the years around the 2016 election.

Like the Woody Allen character Zelig, Deripaska — a 55-year-old aluminum magnate who at one time was the richest man in Putin’s Russia — is turning up in the background everywhere in the ongoing corruption of American democracy. The oligarch’s history of multimillion-dollar business dealings with Paul Manafort — Trump’s campaign manager in the summer of 2016 — is central to the theory of Russian interference, after it was confirmed that Manafort shared key campaign data with a suspected Russian intelligence agent also connected to Deripaska.

In 2019, Deripaska did manage to get those U.S. sanctions lifted, in a controversial deal backed not only by Team Trump but critically by then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. That same year, a Deripaska-linked aluminum company announced it would build a large plant in Kentucky, where McConnell was running for reelection. (It eventually wasn’t built.) This is the same McConnell who, during that critical fall period in 2016, refused to sign a bipartisan statement warning about Russian election interference.

Another coincidence in a scandal that is drowning in so-called coincidences.

It’s becoming clear that the tamping down of the most explosive parts of the Trump-Russia story is the greatest case of gaslighting since the George Cukor movie dropped in 1944. It’s not just the FBI leaks in New York. We also learned last week — yes, thanks to that same New York Times — about the extraordinary and ethically dubious lengths that Trump’s second attorney general, William Barr, and Barr’s handpicked special prosecutor John Durham, went to to try to prove the FBI was out to sink Trump. That’s the exact opposite of what really happened. Indeed, the Times noted the only major criminality turned up in the Durham probe was a potentially explosive new charge of financial impropriety — by Donald Trump.

Seven years later, the lack of accountability and justice for the gaslighting of American democracy is appalling. Barr did a remarkable job in blunting the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, including squashing his findings about obstruction of justice by the Trump administration. A much-hyped probe by Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz into the FBI’s New York office took four long years and failed to find the leakers. And new revelations — including that tip about Trump financial crimes that Italian intelligence passed on to Barr and Durham — continue to surface.

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Why does it matter? Trump is no longer president, after all, and America has a lot of other problems, with police brutality and mass shootings currently on the front burner. Yet when it comes to this all-encompassing Trump-Russia scandal, the past isn’t even past. The seemingly untouchable 45th president was in New Hampshire and South Carolina this weekend, campaigning to become the 47th. The man that critics call “Moscow Mitch” McConnell could return as majority leader in that same election. And Putin’s obsession with Ukraine — always a focus of his U.S. interference and Trump dealings — has become a war with dire global implications.

More importantly, this never-ending scandal has demolished our trust is so many institutions — an FBI that seems to have corrupted an election, a Justice Department that covered up those deeds instead of exposing them, and, yes, a New York Times that enabled several lies instead of exposing them.

Congress and Merrick Garland’s Justice Department can shine a true light on this giant mess, but there’s a reason I’m picking on the New York Times today. It’s a massive temple of journalism that gives us both great work (like the Barr-Durham piece) and inexcusably bad work on a daily basis. The Times can finally apologize for the sins of 2016, expose exactly what went wrong, and then reveal the rest, so this kind of disaster never happens again. They owe it to American democracy.

McGonigal, meanwhile, will get a chance to clear his name in court. His defense lawyer comes from the firm Bracewell LLC, the law firm that was previously known as Giuliani and Bracewell after its onetime name partner, the former New York mayor. Just another coincidence, probably.

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Rob Bauer, chairman of NATO‘s Military Committee, recently said that the alliance is “ready” for a direct confrontation with Russia as the country continues to fight in Ukraine.

Bauer, an admiral in the Royal Netherlands Navy, told a Portuguese television channel, RTP, that NATO is focused on rearmament as Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s strategic objectives go beyond Ukraine and could possibly expand to neighboring countries.

The chairman, who is reportedly advocating “peacetime war economy,” added that it is important for NATO nations to direct civil industrial production towards military objectives.

However, Chinese military experts warned against NATO’s involvement in the war in Ukraine, noting that the “danger of ‘another World War’ in Europe is increasing,” the Global Times, a Chinese state media outlet, reported on Sunday.

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The chairman of NATO’s Military Committee, Admiral Rob Bauer, is seen on January 20 in Oeiras, Portugal. Bauer recently said that the alliance is “ready” for a direct confrontation with Russia as the country continues to fight in Ukraine. Photo by Horacio Villalobos#Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images

Some NATO members, including the United States, recently announced that they will provide Ukraine with tanks to help Ukrainian forces fight Moscow’s invasion.

The U.S. is set to send an additional $3.75 billion in military assistance to Ukraine, which includes 50 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles, bringing the overall security assistance by the U.S. to Ukraine to approximately $27.2 billion since Putin launched his invasion last February.

“Kiev will always pay efforts to drag its NATO allies to directly fight with Russian troops in Ukraine, as this is probably the only way for Kiev to turn around the current situation. But Washington is not stupid, so it won’t be used by Kiev, but will keep using Kiev to undermine Moscow,” Song Zhongping, a Chinese military expert and TV commentator, told the Global Times Sunday.

Meanwhile, Wei Dongxu, a Beijing-based military expert, told the Chinese media outlet that Ukrainian troops might be able to launch counter offensives in some areas that are currently occupied by the Russians by the end of the winter or shortly afterwards. This could happen if the West supplies Ukraine with F-16 fighter jets, “armed by NATO members,” main battle tanks, and long-range missiles.

Last month, former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev suggested that members of the NATO military alliance providing Ukraine with assistance could be “legitimate military targets.”

Medvedev, who is now the deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, questioned whether the delivery of weapons to Ukraine by NATO nations could be considered an attack on Russia.

“Today…the main question is whether the hybrid war de facto declared on our country by NATO can be considered to be the alliance’s entry into war with Russia? Is it possible to view the delivery of a large volume of weapons to Ukraine as an attack on Russia?” he said.

Newsweek reached out to the Russian foreign affairs ministry for comment.

 

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