Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert is continuing to lead an investigation in Hillary Clinton’s email server and says a new discovery has him “unclear” as to how the server was hacked.
Speaking to the Washington Examiner, the lawmaker said he may be stumped by a new memo with information about Paul Combetta, who the Washington Examiner describes as “the IT aide who Clinton hired to manage the homebrew server in her basement.”
“Based on the new information, it is unclear if Combetta has been dishonest again with assistance from friends to cover for him, or if China or some other entity was behind the hack that allowed another server to receive all but four of Hillary Clinton’s 30,000-plus emails,” Gohmert told the outlet.
From the outlet:
Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin released a memo last week on an investigation that began after an anonymously sourced article from the Daily Caller News Foundation in April 2018 said a Chinese company succeeded in hacking the former secretary of state’s server. The Senate inquiry, which relied in part on the FBI, the intelligence community inspector general, and the Justice Department inspector general, failed to turn up evidence of a successful breach, let alone one orchestrated by China.
The memo shows Frank Rucker, a former analyst for the intelligence community’s inspector general, observed what he called an “anomaly” during his work-related review of emails from Clinton’s private email server. Rucker believed the routing information of all but four of the 30,490 copies of Clinton’s emails he looked at included a suspicious embedded email address, which ended up being the “dummy” email address noted by the DOJ’s inspector general.
Bureau investigators talked to Combetta and the specialist divulged that he created this “dummy” email account to transfer archived emails into a mailbox entitled “HRC archive” on another server and claimed the name was chosen randomly. The FBI has said there is no evidence that Clinton’s private server was hacked.
Combetta is the same IT specialist working for Platte River Networks in Colorado who deleted copies of Clinton’s emails using a program called Bleachbit. He initially told the bureau he did not recall erasing the messages nor seeing a preservation order from Congress, but later walked back those assertions. Combetta was later given immunity by the Justice Department during its investigation into Clinton’s email server.
Gohmert admitted he is not sure whether the new information in the memo is an accurate account of what happened or whether Combetta is covering for his firm.
“If Combetta did it, then he would appear to be vulnerable to prosecution for things not contemplated in any immunity agreement he may have had,” the lawmaker told the Washington Examiner. “Hillary Clinton’s server was compromised regardless of who sent emails to another unsecure server. It also appears classified material still did get into the wrong hands.”
Gohmert also noted that his investigation is not receiving any help from the FBI:
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Back in May, Gohmert accused FBI Director Christopher Wray of being involved in a pro-Clinton cover-up and tied to China. “It comes in and decides we are going to go after the attorney general who is trying to clean up the mess,” Gohmert said during the congressional hearing. “Christopher Wray sure hasn’t. Instead of asking from the intel community, ‘Let us see the 100% certain proof you have that Hillary Clinton’s personal server was hacked by China,’ no, he covers it up and we still haven’t seen it. They haven’t asked to see it.”
Gohmert still accuses the FBI of not being “forthcoming regarding any type of information having to do with Hillary Clinton.” And he told the Washington Examiner, “It would have been nice if those ‘in the know’ at DOJ and FBI had been honorable beginning three years ago.”