Thursday, March 31, 2016

Numbers Game

There was a story earlier this week in the Washington Post that revealed the startling news that 147 FBI agents were working on the Hillary Clinton e-mail case.

Wow!  That’s a lot of people!  There has to be something to all the rumors that what she was doing was illegal, immoral, and fattening!

Well…

An earlier version of this article reported that 147 FBI agents had been detailed to the investigation, according to a lawmaker briefed by FBI Director James B. Comey. Two U.S. law enforcement officials have since told The Washington Post that figure is too high. The FBI will not provide an exact figure, but the officials say the number of FBI personnel involved is fewer than 50.

More like 12.

“There are currently about 12 FBI agents working full-time on the case,” says the source, who would only speak anonymously about an open investigation.

A former FBI official, also speaking anonymously, says many in the law enforcement community view the large estimates of people assigned to the case as completely improbable.

Or, as Oliver Willis tweeted, “Okay, it’s a guy.”

Too late.  The Orcosphere is already running with the 147 number and your in-box is already getting hit by your Fox-watching uncle who swears that 147 is only the number we know about; there have to be many more at work on it.