This just keeps getting curiouser and curiouser.
The State Department says that emails from Bryan Pagliano, the man who set up Hillary Clinton’s private email server and who served as Clinton’s IT expert while she was secretary of State, have gone missing. They say they are continuing to look for them.
Pagliano has been cooperating with the FBI in the Clinton email scandal after getting immunity from the Justice Department.
“The Department has searched for Mr. Pagliano’s email pst file and has not located one that covers the time period of Secretary Clinton’s tenure,” State Department spokesman Elizabeth Trudeau said today, referencing a file format that holds email.
“To be clear, the Department does have records related to Mr. Pagliano and we are working with Congress and [Freedom of Information Act] requesters to provide relevant material. The Department has located a pst from Mr. Pagliano’s recent work at the Department as a contractor, but the files are from after Secretary Clinton left the Department,” Trudeau added.
This statement about Pagliano’s email comes in response to a FOIA request-turned-lawsuit by the Republican National Committee, which wants the State Department to turn over all his emails as well as Clinton’s text and Blackberry Messenger communications. In a court filing today, the RNC said the State Department has told them there are no documents responsive to either of those requests.
Pagliano was responsible for setting up the now-infamous private server in the basement of the Clinton’s home in Chappaqua, New York. He has since become a key witness in the FBI inquiry into the handling of sensitive material on that server and has been granted immunity by the Justice Department in exchange for his cooperation.
“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,” the RNC’s Deputy Communications Director, Raj Shah, said in a statement 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.”
I’m sure that all of us are heartily sick and tired of all these “coincidences” getting in the way of the investigation. Missing emails, “accidentally” deleted emails, foggy memories, stonewalling by the State Department — gee. If I didn’t know any better I’d suspect they were trying to hide something.
Recently, “experts” have weighed in informing us the Clinton won’t be indicted. That may be. But if it works out that way, there will always be suspicion that not only was there a reluctance on the part of the administration to thoroughly investigate the case, but that powerful people in government sought to make this problem go away for Clinton in the interests of her presidential campaign.