The "Oh Shit" Guy That Wiped Hillary's Server With BleachBit Was Just Granted Immunity

Tyler Durden's picture

Last week, after the FBI dropped their Friday before Labor Day weekend bomb on Hillary, we wrote about the various events leading up to the deletion of Hillary's emails (full details here: "The "Oh Shit" Moment: Hillary Wiped Her Server With BleachBit Despite Subpoena").  At the end of that post we concluded that the "Undisclosed PRN Staff Member" managing Hillary's servers on behalf of Platte River Networks had seemingly thrown himself under the bus by admitting to the FBI that he "was aware of the existence of the preservation request and the fact that it meant he should not disturb Clinton's e-mail data on the PRN server" but then went ahead and deleted the emails anyway.

According to new info from the New York Times, that "Undisclosed PRN Staff Member" is Paul Combetta and apparently his brazen honesty during FBI interviews came only after receiving an immunity deal from the Justice Department.

For those who "do not recall" the specific timeline leading up to Combetta wiping Hillary's server, here is a breif recap: 

December 2014 / January 2015 – “Undisclosed Clinton staff member” instructs Combetta to remove archives of Clinton emails from PRN server but he forgets.


March 4, 2015Hillary receives subpoena from House Select Committee on Benghazi instructing her to preserve and deliver all emails from her personal servers.


March 25, 2015 – Combetta has a conference call with “President Clinton’s Staff.”


March 25 – 31, 2015 – Combetta has “oh shit” moment and realizes he forgot to wipe Hillary’s email archive from the PRN server back in Decemberwhich he promptly does using BleachBit.


February 18, 2016 - Combetta meets with FBI and denies knowing about the existense of the subpoena from the House Select Committee on Benghazi at the time he wiped Hillary's server. 


May 3, 2016 - Combetta has follow-up meeting with the FBI and admits that he "was aware of the existence of the preservation request and the fact that it meant he should not disturb Clinton's e-mail data on the PRN server."

And here are the details from the FBI Notes:

Hillary FBI BleachBit

Hillary FBI BleachBit


Given this fact pattern, we would be very curious to know exactly when Paul Combetta was granted immunity by the Justice Department.  Perhaps that immunity was granted sometime after February 18, 2016, when Combetta had troubles recalling the issuance of a subpoena, but before May 3, 2016, when he seemed to recover from his unfortunate bout of amnesia.  Just a guess.

Earlier this week, the chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform sent the following letter to Platte River Networks asking officials to appear before Congress to testify on how Hillary's email account was set up and how the messages were deleted.  That said, it's now unclear whether this request for testimony will go anywhere given the new information that Combetta has been granted immunity.


But just in case, Hillary spokesman, Brian Fallon, wants you to know that Paul Combetta went totally rogue and made a unilateral decision to wipe Hillary's emails without any input from anyone connected to the Hillary campaign.  His decisions to committ several federal crimes were all his own.

Brian Fallon, a spokesman for Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign, said that the deletions by the specialist, who worked for a Colorado company called Platte River Networks, had already been “thoroughly examined by the F.B.I. prior to its decision to close out this case.”


“As the F.B.I.’s report notes,” Mr. Fallon said, “neither Hillary Clinton nor her attorneys had knowledge of the Platte River Network employee’s actions. It appears he acted on his own and against guidance given by both Clinton’s and Platte River’s attorneys to retain all data in compliance with a congressional preservation request.”

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FireBrander's picture

So what? Like the DOJ is going to prosecute Hillary now? The DOJ didn't have enough evidence before?

This guy will rat out, maybe, a few of his co-workers; but the trail will end there.

No matter what laws were broken, Hillary wasn't culpable; she's just a victim of the inept IT people she employed...

Overfed's picture

He was granted immunity, yet is feeling awefully suicidal....

nope-1004's picture

Obviously it is never Clinton herself who actually does the action of deleting.  Someone else to take the fall.

So here's the game:  Engineer granted immunity, now Clinton is free to lie and throw him under the bus.  Two criminals, no charges.

And if the comp eng was smart, he would have saved a copy for "future consideration".


It appears he acted on his own and against guidance given by both Clinton’s and Platte River’s attorneys to retain all data in compliance with a congressional preservation request.


Cankles,  YOU ARE A 100% FUCKING LIAR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bokkenrijder's picture

Granted immunity so that all the evidence can and will get buried by the FBI?

mtl4's picture

It's shit like this that will one day cause people to storm the gates like a Capital One credit card Hillary, what's in your wallet?!

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

It’s ironic that ZHers are so concerned with privacy and security, but constantly lambaste Hillary Clinton for hiding the information on her personal server. For all we know, those emails were for her eyes only. I also believe in privacy, and I believe that Hillary has just as much right to privacy as everyone else.


Rockatanski's picture

let me be the first to Red you on this, just because....

nope-1004's picture

..... the shtick is getting old and boring.


Pure Evil's picture

Not even the original MDB no less. While the original was a trail blazing pioneer shining a light much like supernova in the heavens, this petty little bitch is just a brown dwarf sucking the life out of everything it touches.

johngaltfla's picture

The "oh shit" part is that once you testify against Hillary or Bill you suddenly feel suicidal.

With a shotgun blast.

Into  your own back somehow.

froze25's picture

So you think this guy stays alive? Or is the FBI just trying to make it look like they are doing something while they are doing nothing?

SWRichmond's picture

So you think this guy stays alive?

I think he stays alive long enough for his role to play out, for the MSM to get their stories straight and pump them, and for him to be sufficiently discredited.  Then, distraught, he suicides with a nail gun, 7 shots to the head and chest.

CuttingEdge's picture

Be a complete waste of flesh and blood.

Assange looks to have all the dirt and it appears he is going to be dropping tactical nukes on Hillary from here till November.

I have a feeling she might just be inundated by her own shit coming back to drown her.

An oldie but very prescient, in light of recent releases...

TruthHunter's picture

They'll off him anyway. Because the can get away with it.

He doesn't need immunity, he needs witness protection.  After all, it is organised crime.

bleu's picture

No matter what, Hillary will be Potus.

jeff montanye's picture

the grim reaper may disagree.

the top story about the democrats starting to get scared is almost impossible to navigate, can't tell if it's zh not handling volume or an attack.  i'd always guess the latter cause my yarmulke is reynolds wrap.

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) jeff montanye Sep 10, 2016 9:38 AM

Just another move by Obama and the FBI to block this guy from testifying before Congress.


Clashfan's picture

I agree but how long will she live? Does she have vascular dementia? Is she running to secure more I'llbombya--or for Kaine?


PTR's picture

Sounds like something out of Clue.

ZD1's picture

MSM have already long buried this story.


No story gets played by the MSM unless it's one that makes the Donald look bad.



KickIce's picture

You know at this point it wouldn't suprise me if the FBI installed Bleachbit.

Allrighty Mrs. Clinton, we notice that you have a very effective deletion program on your computer (wink,wink).  We're going out for a 4 hour lunch (wink,wink) make sure not to delete any emails. (yuk, yuK)

johngaltfla's picture

Let's just say his Raisin Bran will suddenly turn into Polonium Bran.

MalteseFalcon's picture

Nothing is going to happen to this guy.

He has immunity, and he isn't going to testify.

You'll never know what really happened.

Hitlery will make up whatever story she likes and change it as she feels the whim.

If Hitlery loses Obama is going to pardon everyone.

That way the secrets stay secrets.

TheMeatTrapper's picture

"If Hitlery loses Obama is going to pardon everyone."

This. The only way anything meaningful will happen is if an old white guy with terminal cancer manages to catch up with them on the street one day after their Secret Service detail has been cut down to one or two guys. 

That is the only way any of these people will ever get what is coming to them. 

effendi's picture

My understanding is that a presidential pardon cannot be recinded. If hower it can be shown that the granting of the pardon was done not as an act of clemency but as a criminal collusion then could new charges (such as RICO prosecutions) be generated?

Would love to see the crime syndicate known as the Clinton Foundation be arrested under President Trump and made into a nice show trial (with perp walks of scum like cankles in orange jumpsuits, leg irons, spit guard etc in front of the media). Justice must be seen to be done so also pay per view of cankles and co getting strapped into the gas chamber.

michelp's picture

"Would love to see the crime syndicate known as the Clinton Foundation be arrested under President Trump ..."

Dream on.


robnume's picture

I believe that the feral gov. is not subject to RICO statutes via an exemption clause of one kind or another. Same for CONgress, although if I recall correctly, they wrote into RICO actual "immunity from prosecution" standard for themselves. I think that's correct, but it sure ain't "right."

z530's picture

That's not how it works. If you get immunity, you spill the beans. They don't offer immunity without testimony. Alot of times, they will issue a Proffer Letter of Immunity, or "Queen for a Day". You tell them what you know, they decide to just cover you on what you said that day and still keep you as a target or witness...or they give you full immunity based on the goods that you drop.

That being said, the other IT refused to testify, even though he had immunity (which is practically unheard of), so who knows what they'll do. The DOJ doesn't exactly do things "by the book" when it pertains to the Clintons.


Whoa Dammit's picture

@z530 : That's how it used to work & is supposed to work. We are down the rabbit hole now.

DanDaley's picture

I say his brakes fail...brakes are for pussies anyway.

johngaltfla's picture

Brakes don't fail. They just hack your car and find the largest object to ram it into.

peddling-fiction's picture

I have driven a car without brakes once, and at night, using only downshifting, the parking brake and the curb to slow down.

Hairy to say the least.

Hype Alert's picture

People don't get it.  He'll claim the 5th just like the guy that set up the server who also got immunity.  They might as well give Hillary immunity and move on.  Not that it would matter for her, since nothing is going to happen anyway.  It's all just theater.

z530's picture

I'll never understand how Pagliano pulled that off but then again, this is the Clintons we're talking about.

Hype Alert's picture

It goes beyond the Clintons, they couldn't do this alone. 

MsCreant's picture

Or you feel the weight of the "bar" across your neck, while on the "bench."

jeff montanye's picture

you're talking a judge being mindful of the opinions of the organization of lawyers, right?

hillary clinton is sick and tired.  and, one by one and in groups, the electorate is becoming sick and tired of her.

KickIce's picture

I no longer feel that it's sarcasm, he/she comes here to disrupt the flow of the conversation.  I'm really not for banning people, but it would not break my heart since they booted Francis Sawyer.

PTR's picture

Agreed to a point.  If everyone just ignored him, and didn't respond or upvote/downvote, it would be just as effective.

michelp's picture

they booted Francis Sawyer.



WaxysDargle's picture

maybe youre right... the old MDB cynically, satirically and sarcastically provided commentary on even the slightest of issues in a way that could be construed as literal or otherwise. this guy just poses his comments as the same with a nature toward the obvious faults in people, places and situations at hand while disguising the true nature of his opinion, all while never really saying what he means.


totally not the same thing.

SixIsNinE's picture

you're forgetting one thing Waxy - MDB's no longer a solo free-lance free-thinker.   MDB now is on the clock with Accredited Times.   Though a senior reporter for AT no doubt, he no longer has the freedom to reach all around and outside of the box that made him a man of renown throughout the land - no, now MDB's kept  on a short-leash and we're seeing the damage done right here before our eyes. 

Bless ol' MDB - we know it ain't been easy  :((

You're still worth a mill MDB buddy    





funthea's picture

Yeah! And btw, where is phonestar?


SixIsNinE's picture

i saw Fonestar hangin' out over @ SilverDoctors teh other day ...   no worse the wear, guess he tired of teh ol' zero lounge

Never One Roach's picture

Hillary, Ciambotta, and just about everyone else associated with Clinto seems to "forget" alot.

So how can any of these people be considered competent to run for office let alone be president?

"Did you press that nuke button, Mrs Clinton?"

"I forgot."



JonNadler's picture

he's not half the troll parody he used to be

MsCreant's picture

Your screen identity mocks a guy who needs mocking, and also mocks MDB_. Then the mocker who you mock starts to lose their mocking mojo. Where does that leave you? Do you implode when you, a mocker, mock a mocker who does not mock so well any more? Is it just mean to mock the not-so mocker now?

Me, I still have MDB_ love.

Perhaps I am just mocking you.

But if I do that, does that not make me, now a mocker, who is mocking a mocker who mocks a mocker who is not mocking so well any more, a watered down, watered down mocker, of a watered down mocker...

This is getting so thin I'm almost not funny any more...Kinda like MDB_ for folks around here...