Even by Obama administration standards, this is unbelievable.
The federal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email system during her time as secretary of state took another abrupt turn this week when the State Department Clinton used to run announced something stunning — it could not find any emails to or from the IT specialist who set up Clinton’s home-brew email server, according to Fox News.
In a filing in U.S. District Court, the State Department said it could not provide material sought in a lawsuit by the Republican National Committee demanding work-related emails sent or received by Bryan Pagliano. He was the tech specialist who set up Hillary’s server on a freelance basis but also worked for the Clinton State Department itself as a technology contractor from 2009 to 2013.
No emails. From a guy who held a key job in IT. In a very sensitive arena. For four years.
“It’s hard to believe that an IT staffer who set up Hillary Clinton’s reckless email server never sent or received a single work-related email in the four years he worked at the State Department,” RNC spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement, according to ABC News.
“Such records might shed light on his role in setting up Clinton’s server, and why he was granted immunity by the FBI. But it seems that his emails were either destroyed or never turned over, adding yet another layer to the secrecy surrounding his role.”
“Hard to believe” doesn’t begin to describe the extraordinary nature of this revelation. Even for an administration that used a conveniently crashed hard drive to hide its appalling abuse of American conservatives at the hands of an intrusive and overreaching IRS, this is incredible.
There never were any charges brought in the IRS case, but the situation surrounding Hillary’s email might be a different.
The Justice Department in March granted Pagliano immunity for testimony he could offer in the Clinton investigation. It was a deal that had to have upset things considerably at the Clinton household in Chappaqua, New York, as well as in the offices of former Clinton associates, including those at Foggy Bottom.
Now, this “devastating witness” seems to have been using his own private email system — or at least one where the contents could be wiped — while working as a technology contractor for the State Department. Any guesses on where he learned that might be acceptable?
It should be noted that the State Department has recovered at least some emails Pagliano authored during his time with the State Department, just not the kind of work-related communications the RNC lawsuit is demanding — the kind of records the American people have a right to demand from the government.
According to Fox News, at least one email from Pagliano to Clinton has surfaced — one from the techie to the secretary wishing her a happy birthday in November 2012.
“Happy Birthday Madam Secretary. To many more!” he wrote.
Ever warm, Clinton forwarded the email to an aide with the note: “Pls respond.”
Hillary Clinton treating birthday greetings with casual disregard and shuffling it off to a staff member to deal with?
That, at least, is believable.