M Comey, the head of the US FBI told Congress today, in a very well-rehearsed response to Senator Feinstein, that his agents informed him that metadata from M Weiner’s laptop might be from the first three months of Mme Clinton’s tenure as US Secretary of State.
As anyone who uses an e-mail client can tell you the metadata absolutely could, and did, instantly, tell the FBI the dates those emails were sent. That is what e-mail clients do, sort your e-mails by time using ‘metadata‘. Within seconds they could rule, in or out, if there were e-mails from the critical time period. And, if they were not, the FBI could have told within minutes if there was any likelihood someone had been altering metadata on M Weiner‘s laptop.
If M Weiner were somehow more technically skilled than he has ever given anyone reason to suspect, he might have adjusted some dates. But there would be evidence of exactly that kind of systems level tampering. If there had been evidence of systems level tampering there would be NO WAY TO PROVE CONCLUSIVELY, ONE WAY OR ANOTHER, THAT E-MAILS CAME FROM THE CRITICAL TIME PERIOD. Simply put, all the evidence could have been falsified either to show, or to not show, criminal activity. How subtle is your opponent? you do not know.
Which means almost instantly FBI agents would know if there was any case against Mme Clinton.
So M Comey lied. And he thinks no one will notice the very very very big elephant. And he deliberately acted to influence the election, just as we all really know he did.
But the question no one seems willing to ask publicly, the other very big elephant, is: was he acting on orders from Moscow, or from his Republican ideology? (roll over explication) Either way I find M Comey more than mildly nauseous.