The tech specialist, Paul Combetta has been caught trying “to cover up the cover up.”
Combetta was the person responsible for scrubbing Clinton’s email archive, but he made a disastrous mistake by turning to Reddit for help with this endeavor. Allegedly, he was instructed by Clinton’s aides Cheryl Mills and IT specialist, Bryan Pagliano to find out how to hide the former Secretary of State’s email address.
“The clincher: just last week, he’s going online and trying to delete these Reddit posts,” said Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio about Combetta, who was given a limited immunity deal by the Justice Department. “He’s trying to cover up his tracks, he’s trying to cover up the cover up.”
But, Jordan presented the facts after the House Judiciary Committee hearing. According to his findings, July 2014 was when the State Department warned Clinton’s former chief-of staff that “a request for Clinton’s work-related emails would be forthcoming” from congress.
Then on July 23, 2014, Combetta received a phone call from Mills and he also got an email from Pagliano, the IT specialist who set up the server.
Then the next day, Combetta went on Redditt, where he sought help about how to hide “a VIP’s (VERY VIP) email address from a bunch of archived emails. Basically, they don’t want the VIP’s email address exposed to anyone,” posted Combetta likely referring to Mills and Pagliano considering the convenient timing.
Both Mills and Pagliano have also been granted limited immunity deals by the Justice Department. However, considering how high profile this case is, it’s likely that they will not go through without approval from the FBI leadership.
According to FBI Director James Comey, Combetta only spoke to the FBI after receiving some immunity. Combetta then denied that he was directed to find a way to remove an email address from former email threads.
It looks like somebody lied to a FBI agent. But, he isn’t the only one. Mills misled the FBI and said she didn’t know about the Clinton server until three years later, after leaving the State Department in January 2013. But, Mills wrote an email on February 27,2010 to Justin Cooper, Bill Clinton’s aide who managed the email system, saying “Fyi – hrc email coming back — is server okay?”
Comey confirmed that this email and other classified emails were found on Mills’ laptop that was only handed over to the FBI in exchange for the limited immunity deal. The FBi Director then said no action was taken due to the deal’s protections.
He also defended the FBI efforts saying they did not act in the Democrats favor over this matter. “I knew this was going to be controversial, I knew there’d be all kinds of rocks thrown, but this organization and the people who did this are honest independent people. We do not carry water for one side or the other,” said Comey.
Author’s note: This is quite the predicament because both Mills and Combetta have evidence against them proving they lied to FBI agents, but this evidence was pulled from the possessions handed over by them to the department. Nonetheless, it shows how many levels deep this scandal is and how there are many guilty parties involved.