(CNSNews.com) - The Justice Department inspector general says the FBI failed to take "immediate action" on Anthony Weiner's laptop, after agents in the New York office discovered in late September 2016 that the laptop contained 141,000 emails that were potentially relevant to the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
It wasn't until late October that former FBI Director James Comey formally notified Congress about the Weiner laptop discovery, throwing a bombshell into the Clinton campaign days before the election.
The inspector general said he could not rule out bias on the part of FBI agent Peter Strzok for the delay. The IG said Strzok prioritized the Trump-Russia investigation over the discovery of additional Clinton emails.
On Thursday night, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House intelligence committee, said for the first time that he knew about the discovery of Clinton emails on Weiner's computer early on, but he couldn't say anything because the information was classified.
That's a continuing problem, Nunes said:
"Let me tell you what we (knew) about that (Weiner laptop) at the time," Nunes told Fox News's Laura Ingraham. "So we actually had -- I've never actually said this before, because we had whistle-blowers, but we couldn't really use the information, but now that it's in the IG report, we can.
"We had whistle-blowers that came to us in late September of 2016 who talked to us about this laptop sitting up in New York that had additional emails on it. The House intelligence committee, we had that, but we couldn't do anything with it."
Nunes said he remembers learning about the emails on Weiner's laptop in "late September."
"So good FBI agents brought this to our attention, but what could we do with it? ...Because you know why I say that, because it was all classified and this is the game that Comey and company have been playing, that they hide behind this (classification).
Things haven't changed much at the FBI, Nunes said: "I think the same people in charge today still think they can run the clock out, and they are are trying to run the clock out for the rest of the Congress so we can't finish our investigations."
Host Laura Ingraham asked him, "Are there still people in the FBI today who believe they operate by a different set of rules?"
"At the top. At the top, I think that is still true," Nunes replied.
"We heard some great words today from Christopher Wray, the new director. But I will tell you, it's a little frustrating because we've had these very conversations with him many months ago, where we said look, you're not responsible for any of it. You need to clean this up, and we'll support you in cleaning it up, but yet here it is today -- we get this text message at noon today, one that's absolutely pertinent to our investigation.
"Maybe they have a good excuse for it, but the problem with it is, if they didn't give it to us it's a problem. But if they didn't know about it, it's an even bigger problem because who was obstructing the investigation?"
Nunes was talking about a shocking text message between FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, where Page asks Strzok, “[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!”
“No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it,” Strzok replied.
According to the IG report, agents associated with the Clinton email investigation, including Peter Strzok, ignored the discovery of additional Clinton emails on Weiner's laptop because they had been reassigned to the Trump-Russia investigation and they gave that a higher priority.
The IG also said given the anti-Trump, pro-Hillary text messages sent by Strzok, "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."