Three people appeared before the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee this morning to testify in regards to their involvement in the Hillary email scandal. Two of those individuals, Paul Combetta (the "oh shit" guy) and Bill Thornton, were from Platte River Networks (PRN), the Denver-based IT business chosen to maintain Hillary's email server after she resigned as Secretary of State. The third individual was Justin Cooper, the Bill Clinton aide who originally set up Hillary's private email address.
Both of the Platte River Networks executives took the 5th but only after Committee Chairman, Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), took the opportunity to ask a question about a very revealing email exchange between two PRN employees who seemed to be concerned that the Clinton camp was up to no good.
According to Chaffetz, the following email exchange occurred between Combetta and another undisclosed PRN staff member back on 8/19/15:
"Wondering how we can sneak an email in now, after the fact, asking them [the Clinton camp] when they told us to cut the backups and have them confirm it for our records. Starting to think this whole thing is really covering up some shady shit. I just think if we have it in writing that they told us to cut the backups then we can go public with our statement saying we've had the backup since day one when we were told to trim to 30 days would make us look a whole lot better."
We assume the "30-days" reference was made in regards to Hillary's decision to cut her email retention policy after providing "all" of her "work-related" emails to the State Department.
And here is the Combetta questioning...forward to 1:25 mark for the reading of the email exchange between Combetta and the other undisclosed PRN employee.
Video of the full hearing can be viewed here.
But again folks, there's no fire...just a whole lot of "shady shit"...
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For those who "do not recall" the specific timeline leading up to Combetta wiping Hillary's server, here is a brief recap (see "The "Oh Shit" Guy That Wiped Hillary's Server With BleachBit Was Just Granted Immunity"):
December 2014 / January 2015 – “Undisclosed Clinton staff member” instructs Combetta to remove archives of Clinton emails from PRN server but he forgets.
March 4, 2015 – Hillary 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 December…which he promptly does using BleachBit.
February 18, 2016 - Combetta meets with FBI and denies knowing about the existence 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."