Weinergate refers to a series of recurring scandals originating with Democrat Congressman and former New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner. Weiner is the spouse of longtime intimate Hillary Clinton advisor and "body woman" Huma Abedin. The first sexting scandal occurred shortly after Weiner's marriage to Abedin; the second, more serious offense, involved a minor and impacted the 2016 Presidential election which Hillary Clinton blamed for her loss to Donald Trump. Weiner and Abedin were married in a 2010 ceremony officiated by former President Bill Clinton amidst rumors of Hillary Clinton's homosexuality and her ambitions to be President Obama's successor.
- 1 Child sexting scandal
- 1.1 Weiner laptop - classified information recovered
- 1.2 Washington office notified
- 1.3 Strzok prioritizes Trump-Russia over Clinton emails
- 1.4 FBI tries to counter "misinformation" about the Clinton whitewash
- 1.5 Lynch threatens to reopen Eric Garner case
- 1.6 Comey "reopens" investigation
- 1.7 “a development still unknown to the American public"
- 1.8 FBI foot dragging unpersuasive
- 2 2011 offense
- 3 References
Child sexting scandal
On September 21, 2016 the Daily Mail published an interview with a 15-year-old girl and her father alleging she had an online sexual relationship with Anthony Weiner beginning January 23, 2016. The FBI New York Office (NYO), and the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) led by Preet Bharara, issued a subpoena for Weiner's laptop and electronic devices shortly after.
Weiner laptop - classified information recovered
A federal search warrant was obtained for Anthony Weiner’s iPhone, iPad, and laptop computer. The FBI obtained the devices the same day. The search warrant authorized the government to search for evidence relating to the following crimes: transmitting obscene material to a minor, sexual exploitation of children, and activities related to child pornography. The Weiner case agent told the DOJ Office of the Inspector General (OIG) that he began processing Weiner’s devices on September 26, and that he noticed “within hours” that there were “over 300,000 emails on the laptop.” He saw at least one BlackBerry PIN message between Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin, as well as emails between them. He saw emails associated with “about seven domains,” such as yahoo.com, state.gov, clintonfoundation.org, clintonemail.com, and hillaryclinton.com. The case agent immediately notified the FBI New York Office (NYO) chain of command, and the information was ultimately briefed to NYO Assistant Director in Charge (ADIC).
Washington office notified
FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and 39 senior FBI executives were notified by the NY Assistant Director In Charge (ADIC) via secure video teleconference (SVTC) of 347,000 emails relevant to the Clinton email investigation on Weiner's laptop. FBI Director Jimmy the Weasel Comey was not present for the SVTC.
McCabe told the Inspector General that he recalled talking to Comey about the issue “right around the time [McCabe] found out about it.” McCabe also informed Bill Priestap and Peter Strzok of the FBI Counterintelligence Division.
The emails in question appear to be insurance Weiner held to pull strings with Hillary Clinton as leverage should he get into trouble.Peter Strzok texted Lisa Page who was serving as Andrew McCabe's special counsel:
“Got called up to Andy [McCabe]’s earlier ...hundreds of thousands of emails turned over by Weiner’s atty to [DOJ Southern District of New York] sdny, includes a ton of material from spouse [ Huma Abedin ]. Sending team up [to New York] tomorrow to review... this will neverend...”Strzok later said a conference call with NYO was scheduled instead.
FBI counterintelligence head Bill Priestap called the NY ADIC to discuss the limited scope of the Weiner search warrant (i.e., the need to obtain additional legal process to review any Clinton-related email on the Weiner laptop).
On September 29, 2016 a conference call was held between the NYO and five members of the Clinton email team, including Strzok and Tashina Gauhar. Notes from the conference call indicate the participants discussed the presence of a large volume of emails (350,000) on the Weiner laptop and specific domain names, including clintonemail.com and state.gov. The Clinton email investigation Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) said that NYO also mentioned seeing BlackBerry domain emails on the Weiner laptop.
OIG found that by this date FBI executives and the FBI Midyear [Clinton email investigation] team had learned virtually every fact that was cited by the FBI in late October as justification for obtaining the search warrant for the Weiner laptop, including that the laptop contained:
- Over 340,000 emails, some of which were from domains associated with Clinton, including state.gov, clintonfoundation.org, clintonemail.com, and hillaryclinton.com;
- Numerous emails between Clinton and Abedin;
- An unknown number of Blackberry communications on the laptop, including one or more messages between Clinton and Abedin, indicating the possibility that the laptop contained communications from the first three months of Clinton’s tenure; and
- Emails dated beginning in 2007 and covering the entire period of Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State.
The Clinton email team told the OIG that they did not learn these facts until the October 26, 2016 conference call with the New York Office and SDNY. They thought the case had been whitewashed and closed, and Hillary would win anyway. Now the New York office and prosecutors were in possession of relevant facts.
Strzok, Gauhar, and one other unnamed person made up the Clinton email team, and were appointed to review the Weiner laptop. The Clinton emails on Anthony Weiner's laptop were never looked at. The FBI and DOJ fully expected Hillary Clinton to win.
Strzok prioritizes Trump-Russia over Clinton emailsThe Inspector General found:
"In assessing the decision to prioritize the Russia investigation over following up on the Midyear-related [Clinton] 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 or improper considerations. Most of the text messages raising such questions pertained to the Russia investigation, and the implication in some of these text messages, particularly Strzok’s August 8 text message (“we’ll stop” candidate Trump from being elected), was that Strzok might be willing to take official action to impact a presidential candidate's electoral prospects. Under these circumstances, 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."Additional discussions between NYO and Washington HQ about the Weiner laptop took place between October 3-4, however the Inspector General found
"no evidence that anyone associated with the Midyear [Clinton email] 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 (ODAG) on October 21 to raise concerns about the lack of action."The FBI was anticipating a Hillary win.
FBI tries to counter "misinformation" about the Clinton whitewash
On October 21, 2016 the FBI provided a briefing for retired FBI agents to explain decisions made during the Clinton email investigation up to Comey's July 5 announcement. The idea was to enlist former employees with the party line so that they, too, could help counter “falsehoods and exaggerations.”
The same day someone from SDNY called Main Justice across the street to inquire about the lack of action on Weiner's laptop. The Justice Department National Security Division notified Deputy Asst. Attorney General George Toscas who headed up the Clinton email investigation. Toscas called Strzok cause he “wanted to ensure information got to Andy [McCabe]". Strzok responded “we know."
McCabe already knew about the emails since September 28, more than three weeks earlier. Strzok then told Priestap.
Dir. Comey and AG Lynch now were informed of the Clinton emails that McCabe has been sitting on for 23 days. Comey claims this call is about a search warrant, but there is no need for a search warrant since the emails were already in SDNY's possession. Internal debate ensues about McCabe's recusing himself.
Meanwhile, the Clinton emails are not, and have not, been looked at. All discussion is about the public perception of coverup, which is actually the correct perception of what is happening in the DOJ-FBI.
George Toscas told the IG that he asked McCabe about the Weiner laptop after a routine meeting between FBI and Department leadership. McCabe told the IG that this interaction with Toscas caused him to follow up with the FBI Midyear [Clinton emai] team about the Weiner laptop and to call Acting DOJ-NSD Deputy AG Mary McCord.
Lynch threatens to reopen Eric Garner caseOn October 25, 2016 the New York Times reported the
"Justice Department has replaced the New York team of agents and lawyers investigating the death of Eric Garner, officials said, a highly unusual shake-up that could jump-start the long-stalled case and put the government back on track to seek criminal charges."Garner was a black man arrested for selling cigarettes who died from a chokehold while in police custody in 2014.
To kill speculation about reopening Hillary Clinton's email investigation, the New York FBI and Eastern District of New York (EDNY) prosecutors were threatened by Lynch to drop the Weiner laptop matter and concede the Clinton email investigation to Washington, or else the DOJ Civil Rights Division would be used as leverage against the New York Police Department (who work closely with NY FBI and EDNY) to re-open the Eric Garner case. Lynch had the Southern District of New York (SDNY) US Attorney Preet Bharara on stand by as the enforcer.The OIG reports on October 26
"McCabe and the New York Assistant Director in Charge (NY-ADIC) participated in what McCabe described as “a hastily convened conference call with the Attorney General [Loretta Lynch] who delivered the same message to us” about leaks, with specific focus being on leaks regarding the high-profile investigation by FBI’s New York Field Office into the death of Eric Garner. McCabe told us that he “never heard her use more forceful language.” NY-ADIC confirmed that the participants got “ripped by the AG on leaks.”
McCabe told the OIG that he proposed that the Clinton email team meet with Comey the following day after the conference call between the NYO and SDNY.
Comey "reopens" investigation
The small group (or "tight group" as Comey called it) has had the Weiner laptop emails for 29 days and has reviewed none. They are debating if probable cause exists to re-open the investigation. Main Justice, across the street from FBI HQ, now knows of the existence of emails, and is fearful New York police and prosecutors are ready to go public with their existence.
On October 28 Main Justice and FBI investigators held a conference call about the Hillary email cover-up. New York investigators and prosecutors were asking why has Washington (McCabe) sat on the Clinton emails for three weeks with no action? All focus within the DOJ and FBI is on news reporting and narrative spin, and no one looking at Clinton emails.
Internal discussions claim there was no probable cause against Hillary in July, and none now. The debate shifts to recusal of Andrew McCabe in the Clinton non-investigation.
Fearful of leaks if he didn't act, and appearance of re-opening the Clinton email investigation because the New York Police Department (NYPD) were planning a press conference on the evidence seized on Anthony Weiner's laptop computer, Comey notified Congress of the re-opening the Clinton email investigation. NYPD found 650,000 State Department emails and other damning evidence on the Weiner laptop.
Comey's public statement about re-opening Hillary's email case threw the Clinton campaign into a tailspin.
Trump-Russia and Clinton email investigator Kevin Clinesmith texts' that reopening the Clinton email case “broke the momentum” of Clinton’s campaign and warned that it could initiate “the destruction of the republic.”
“a development still unknown to the American public"
The world of Jim Comey is a world where being in possession of knowledge and secrets automatically makes one a wise and loyal servant. Despite his boy scout self-image, Comey was blind to the hip-deep corruption he waded through to get to his office every day. Worse yet, Comey's higher loyalty to the Atlantic Council and the Clinton Foundation corrupted his judgement. But he's no fool - he wrote a book to profit from his crimes while he was still able - convicted criminals must use the proceeds to pay restitution to their victims.In his book Comey references a “development still unknown to the American public to this day.” The OIG report likewise withholds a document in its classified appendix which alludes to a conflict of interest which Loretta Lynch had even before her famous tarmac meeting (evidently Bill Clinton was finalizing consent agreements for Hillary's interview, where, when, and who would be in attendance. Two fact witnesses in the case were given immunity and showed up as Hillary's lawyers at the interview). Erik Prince explained the development:
“Because of Weinergate and the sexting scandal, the NYPD started investigating it. Through a subpoena, through a warrant, they searched his laptop, and sure enough, found those 650,000 emails. They found way more stuff than just more information pertaining to the inappropriate sexting the guy was doing,” Prince claimed.Prince was targeted by John Brennan. Only in Obama's America and among Progressive Democrats no one blinks when the CIA is turned into a domestic gestapo.
“They found State Department emails. They found a lot of other really damning criminal information, including money laundering, including the fact that Hillary went to this sex island with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Bill Clinton went there more than 20 times. Hillary Clinton went there at least six times,” he said.
“The amount of garbage that they found in these emails, of criminal activity by Hillary, by her immediate circle, and even by other Democratic members of Congress was so disgusting they gave it to the FBI, and they said, ‘We’re going to go public with this if you don’t reopen the investigation and you don’t do the right thing with timely indictments,’” Prince explained.
“I believe – I know, and this is from a very well-placed source of mine at 1PP, One Police Plaza in New York – the NYPD wanted to do a press conference announcing the warrants and the additional arrests they were making in this investigation, and they’ve gotten huge pushback, to the point of coercion, from the Justice Department, with the Justice Department threatening to charge someone that had been unrelated in the accidental heart attack death of Eric Garner almost two years ago. That’s the level of pushback the Obama Justice Department is doing against actually seeking justice in the email and other related criminal matters,” Prince said.
FBI foot dragging unpersuasive
The OIG found the explanations for sitting on the Weiner laptop to be unpersuasive justifications for not acting sooner, given the FBI leadership’s conclusion about the importance of the information and that the Clinton investigation team had sufficient information to take action after the October 4 conference call and knew at that time that it would need a new search warrant to review any Clinton-Abedin emails. Moreover, given the FBI’s extensive resources, the fact that Strzok and several other FBI members of the Clinton investigation team had been assigned to the Russia investigation, which was extremely active during this September and October time period, was not an excuse for failing to take any action during this time period on the Weiner laptop.
The original Weinergate scandal broke shortly after the Abedin/Weiner nupitals. On Friday, May 27, 2011, New York Democrat Representative Anthony Weiner publicly sent a tweet containing a link to a lewd photograph of himself in gray underwear to a Twitter friend, a Seattle resident and college student, 21-year-old Gennette Nicole Cordova. Anthony Weiner denied sending the tweet and blamed it on a hacker. Former President Bill Clinton officiated at their wedding last July.
It Was Weiner's Tweet
Anthony Weiner admitted on June 6 that he sent the photo of himself to the Seattle college student, and also revealed more into the unraveling Weinergate story during a 30 minutes press conference. Weiner said, "Last Friday night I tweeted a photograph of myself that I intended to send as direct message as part of a joke to a woman in Seattle. Once I realized I posted it to Twitter, I panicked, I took it down and said that I had been hacked. I then continued with that story to stick to that story which was a hugely regrettable mistake."
Anthony Weiner used government resources to communicate with women over the phone, according to one of the six women that Weiner engaged with in inappropriate conversations, Meagan Broussard. Several of the women Anthony communicated with have come forward, claiming to have photographs, chats, and emails with Anthony Weiner.
Other Quotes from Speech
|“||To be clear, the picture was of me and I sent it.||”|
|“||Over the past few years I have engaged in several inappropriate conversations conducted over Twitter, Facebook, e-mail, and occasionally on the phone with women I have met online.||”|
|“||I exchanged messages and photos of an explicit nature with about six women over the last three years.||”|
|“||They are all adults, at least to a the best of my knowledge, they were all adults and they were engaging in these conversations consensually.||”|
Weiner resigns from Congress
Representative Anthony Weiner resigned on Jun 16, 2011, over a weeks-long Internet sex scandal, succumbing to bipartisan calls for him to step down. Weiner denied for more than a week that he sent a photo of himself in boxer briefs to a woman in Seattle on May 28, claiming his Twitter account had been hacked. But on June 6, he tearfully admitted he had lied and that he had inappropriate exchanges with six women, some after he was married.
- The Clinton organization refers to Abedin as Hillary's "body woman." https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2016/10/29/who-huma-abedin-hillary-clintons-right-hand-woman/92956668/
- True Pundit reported "New York Police Department detectives and prosecutors working an alleged underage sexting case against former Congressman Anthony Weiner have turned over a newly-found laptop he shared with wife Huma Abedin to the FBI with enough evidence “to put Hillary (Clinton) and her crew away for life,” NYPD sources told True Pundit.
NYPD sources said Clinton’s “crew” also included several unnamed yet implicated members of Congress in addition to her aides and insiders.
The NYPD seized the computer from Weiner during a search warrant and detectives discovered a trove of over 500,000 emails to and from Hillary Clinton, Abedin and other insiders during her tenure as secretary of state. The content of those emails sparked the FBI to reopen its defunct email investigation into Clinton on Friday.
But new revelations on the contents of that laptop, according to law enforcement sources, implicate the Democratic presidential candidate, her subordinates, and even select elected officials in far more alleged serious crimes than mishandling classified and top secret emails, sources said. NYPD sources said these new emails include evidence linking Clinton herself and associates to: Money laundering, Child exploitation, Sex crimes with minors (children); Perjury; Pay to play through Clinton Foundation; Obstruction of justice; Other felony crimes.
NYPD detectives and a NYPD Chief, the department’s highest rank under Commissioner, said openly that if the FBI and Justice Department fail to garner timely indictments against Clinton and co- conspirators, NYPD will go public with the damaging emails now in the hands of FBI Director James Comey and many FBI field offices.
“What’s in the emails is staggering and as a father, it turned my stomach,” the NYPD Chief said. “There is not going to be any Houdini-like escape from what we found. We have copies of everything. We will ship them to Wikileaks or I will personally hold my own press conference if it comes to that.”
The NYPD Chief said once Comey saw the alarming contents of the emails he was forced to reopen a criminal probe against Clinton.
“People are going to prison,” he said.
Meanwhile, FBI sources said Abedin and Weiner were cooperating with federal agents, who have taken over the non-sexting portions the case from NYPD. The husband-and-wife Clinton insiders are both shopping for separate immunity deals, sources said.
“If they don’t cooperate they are going to see long sentences,” a federal law enforcement source said.
NYPD sources said Weiner or Abedin stored all the emails in a massive Microsoft Outlook program on the laptop. The emails implicate other current and former members of Congress and one high-ranking Democratic Senator as having possibly engaged in criminal activity too, sources said.
Prosecutors in the office of US Attorney Preet Bharara have issued a subpoena for Weiner’s cell phones and travel records, law enforcement sources confirmed. NYPD said it planned to order the same phone and travel records on Clinton and Abedin, however, the FBI said it was in the process of requesting the identical records. Law enforcement sources are particularly interested in cell phone activity and travel to the Bahamas, U.S. Virgin Islands and other locations that sources would not divulge.
The new emails contain travel documents and itineraries indicating Hillary Clinton, President Bill Clinton, Weiner and multiple members of Congress and other government officials accompanied convicted pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein on his Boeing 727 on multiple occasions to his private island in the U.S Virgin Islands, sources said. Epstein’s island has also been dubbed Orgy Island or Sex Slave Island where Epstein allegedly pimps out underage girls and boys to international dignitaries.
Both NYPD and FBI sources confirm based on the new emails they now believe Hillary Clinton traveled as Epstein’s guest on at least six occasions, probably more when all the evidence is combed, sources said. Bill Clinton, it has been confirmed in media reports spanning recent years, that he too traveled with Epstein over 20 times to the island.
Laptop Also Unveiled More Classified, Top Secret Breaches.
According to other uncovered emails, Abedin and Clinton both sent and received thousands of classified and top secret documents to personal email accounts including Weiner’s unsecured campaign web site which is managed by Democratic political consultants in Washington D.C.
Weiner maintained little known email accounts that the couple shared on the website anthonyweiner.com. Weiner, a former seven-term Democratic Congressman from New York, primarily used that domain to campaign for Congress and for his failed mayoral bid of New York City.
At one point, FBI sources said, Abedin and Clinton’s classified and top secret State Department documents and emails were stored in Weiner’s email on a server shared with a dog grooming service and a western Canadian bicycle shop.
However, Weiner and Abedin, who is Hillary Clinton’s closest personal aide, weren’t the only people with access to the Weiner’s email account. Potentially dozens of unknown individuals had access to Abedin’s sensitive State Department emails that were stored in Weiner’s email account, FBI sources confirmed.
FEC records show Weiner paid more than $92,000 of congressional campaign funds to Anne Lewis Strategies LLC to manage his email and web site. According to FBI sources, the D.C.-based political consulting firm has served as the official administrator of the anthonyweiner.com domain since 2010, the same time Abedin was working at the State Department. This means technically Weiner and Abedin’s emails, including top secret State Department emails, could have been accessed, printed, discussed, leaked, or distributed by untold numbers of personnel at the Anne Lewis consulting firm because they can control where the website and it emails are pointed, FBI sources said.
According to FBI sources, the bureau’s newly-minted probe into Clinton’s use and handling of emails while she served as secretary of state, has also been broadened to include investigating new email-related revelations, including:
*Abedin forwarded classified and top secret State Department emails to Weiner’s email
*Abedin stored emails, containing government secrets, in a special folder shared with Weiner warehousing over 500,000 archived State Department emails.
*Weiner had access to these classified and top secret documents without proper security clearance to view the records
*Abedin also used a personal yahoo address and her Clintonemail.com address to send/receive/store classified and top secret documents
*A private consultant managed Weiner’s site for the last six years, including three years when Clinton was secretary of state, and therefore, had full access to all emails as the domain’s listed registrant and administrator via Whois email contacts.
*Because Weiner’s campaign website is managed by the third-party consultant and political email guru, FBI agents are burdened with the task of trying to decipher just how many people had access to Weiner’s server and emails and who were these people. Or if the server was ever compromised by hackers, or other actors.
Abedin told FBI agents in an April interview that she didn’t know how to consistently print documents or emails from her secure Dept. of State system. Instead, she would forward the sensitive emails to her yahoo, Clintonemail.com and her email linked to Weiner.
Abedin said, according to FBI documents, she would then access those email accounts via webmail from an unclassified computer system at the State Dept. and print the documents, many of which were classified and top secret, from the largely unprotected webmail portals.
Clinton did not have a computer in her office on Mahogany Row at the State Dept. so she was not able to read timely intelligence unless it was printed out for her, Abedin said. Abedin also said Clinton could not operate the secure State Dept. fax machine installed in her Chappaqua, NY home without assistance.
Perhaps more alarming, according to the FBI’s 302 Report detailing its interview with Abedin, none of the multiple FBI agents and Justice Department officials who conducted the interview pressed Abedin to further detail the email address linked to Weiner. There was never a follow up, according to the 302 report." https://truepundit.com/breaking-bombshell-nypd-blows-whistle-on-new-hillary-emails-money-laundering-sex-crimes-with-children-child-exploitation-pay-to-play-perjury/
- There is a solid case that the emails Anthony Weiner’s lawyer brought to Preet Bharara of SDNY were Weiner’s leverage to escape prosecution. https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/05/01/lou-dobbs-discusses-the-fbi-investigation-that-never-happened/
- Publius. Weinergate: Congressman Claims ‘Facebook Hacked’ as Lewd Photo Hits Twitter, BigGovernment.com, May 28th 2011.
- Bryan Preston. Weinergate: What we know (Update: Weiner hires a lawyer), Pajamas Media, May 30th, 2011.
- Rep. Weiner Admits to Sending Lewd Twitter Photo, Acknowledges Other Explicit Conversations, FoxNews.com, June 06, 2011.
- A look back at what Rep. Weiner told ABC's Jonathan Karl about the photo scandal. Flashback: Weiner's Web of Lies, ABC News, June 06, 2011.
- Weiner Admits Tweeting Lewd Photo & Having Multiple ‘Inappropriate’ Online Relationships, CBS, June 06, 2011.
- Meagan Broussard. My Story, BigGovernment.com, June 06, 2011.
- Andrew Breitbart. Weinergate Bombshell: New Woman Comes Forward Claiming Cache of Intimate Photos and Online Communications with Beleaguered Congressman, BigGovernment.com, June 06, 2011.
- Weiner Sexting Partner Reveals Her Identity, Says: ‘He Called Me On Congress Phone!’
- Weiner: "To The Best Of My Knowledge They Were All Adults"