Through the Russia probe and various counter-probes, we’ve seen many cases where delays of various sorts have been interpreted as trying to cover for one side or the other. Such claims have been taken very seriously and even became central to the DOJ Inspector General’s report that made such a splash a few months ago. Now it turns out, according to ABC, that the the Steele Dossier sat in the FBI’s New York field office for weeks with no action. After arriving in New York in July, it didn’t make it to DC until September. It was supposedly sent to the “wrong person” and “took a long period of time for the New York field office to see it and realize what it was.”
It’s important to recognize that delays like these do happen for various reasons that are not nefarious, the most important simply being bureaucratic delays. We now see the dossier as a big deal (rightly or wrongly). That doesn’t mean anyone saw it that way then. But there’s already been abundant evidence that key players in the New York field office had a deep animus toward Hillary Clinton and longstanding relationships to people close to Donald Trump. So at a minimum it would be worth trying to understand whether that played any role in such a delay.