“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."
Robertson 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."
He wrote that "nothing could be further from the truth" because "I am apolitical."
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.”
Horowitz said that the FBI’s explanations were “unpersuasive justifications for not acting sooner” and "the fact that Strzok and several other FBI members of the Midyear team had been assigned to the Russia investigation ... was not an excuse for failing to take any action.”
The DOJ watchdog also unearthed anti-Trump texts
between Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, with whom he was having an affair. 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.” Strzok was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s team in 2017 after the texts were disclosed and was later fired from the bureau.
“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," Horowitz wrote, adding that “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.”
Horowitz did conclude, however, that "we found no evidence in emails, text messages, instant messages, or documents that suggested an improper purpose.”
“There was simply no equivalence between Midyear and Crossfire,” Strzok claimed in his new book, Compromised
, referring to the Clinton emails investigation and the Trump-Russia investigation. “At its core, Midyear was a glorified (because it involved Hillary Clinton) mishandling case, the type that but for the celebrity subject rolls throng WFO on a weekly basis. Crossfire was a first-of-its-kind, enormous investigation into complex, ongoing attacks on our presidential elections and Russian interactions with members of one of the candidate’s campaigns. Of course, I had prioritized that.”
Horowitz wrote that “the FBI’s inaction had potentially far-reaching consequences” because Comey told Horowitz that "had he known about the laptop in the beginning of October and thought the email review could have been completed before the election, it may have affected his decision to notify Congress.” Comey told Horowitz, “I don’t know [if] it would have put us in a different place, but I would have wanted to have the opportunity.”
Clinton was “extremely careless” in handling classified emails during a July 2016 speech, adding that he would not recommend criminal charges. Clinton’s IT team had deleted 33,000 supposedly non-work-related emails.
Comey sent a letter
to Congress on Oct. 28, 2016, revealing that “the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation” and that the FBI would "allow investigators to review these emails.” On Nov. 6, 2016, he sent a follow-up letter
that “we have not changed our conclusions" about not charging Clinton.
Trump defeated Clinton 304-227 in the Electoral College two days later.