Hillary Clinton emails - Congressional investigation

Examining FOIA Compliance at the Department of State
Full House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
2016-09-08: Hearing Date: September 8, 2016 10:00 am
YouTube video (3:10:58) of this hearing

Judge Napolitano commenting on the subpoena on the FBI

Classifications and Redactions in FBI’s Investigative File
Full House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
2016-09-12 : Hearing Date: September 12, 2016 5:00 pm
YouTube video (1:35:32) of Classifications and Redactions in FBI's Investigative File - Part 1

Chaffetz subpoenas FBI for full Clinton email probe file
By Josh Gerstein
Politico, 2016-09-12 : 09/12/16 06:58 PM EDT, Updated 09/12/16 09:09 PM EDT

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz publicly subpoenaed the FBI's full case file in the Hillary Clinton email investigation Monday, delivering the document demand to a senior FBI official during a contentious hearing where Democrats accused Republicans of mounting a partisan attack on Clinton's presidential campaign.

"It's 'trust, but verify' is how it works," Chaffetz told FBI acting legislative affairs chief Jason Herring. "You don't get to decide what I get to see. I get to see it all."

After Herring said he could not promise to deliver all the investigative summaries—known as 302s—in an unedited form, Chaffetz sent the subpoena down from the dais to the witness table where the FBI official sat with colleagues from six other agencies.


Examining Preservation of State Department Records
Full House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
2016-09-13 : Hearing Date: September 13, 2016 10:00 am
YouTube video (3:57:37) of this hearing

Ex-Hillary Clinton aide refuses to appear at email hearing
But an adviser to Bill Clinton who helped set up email server testifies at House Oversight session.
By Josh Gerstein
Politico, 2016-09-13 : 09/13/16 11:25 AM EDT, Updated 09/13/16 01:44 PM EDT

Two outside information technology consultants involved in handling Hillary Clinton's private email setup repeatedly invoked their 5th Amendment rights at a House hearing Tuesday, while a former State Department information technology official defied a subpoena and failed to show up for the session.

However, a former close aide to Bill Clinton who played a key role in setting up Hillary Clinton's email system — Justin Cooper — testified publicly on the arrangement for the first time at the House Oversight Committee hearing.

Tech specialists Paul Combetta and Bill Thornton of the Denver-based Platte River Networks repeatedly cited their constitutional right against self-incrimination in response to questions from Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz about security issues related to Clinton's private email server.

Meanwhile, former State Department technology adviser Bryan Pagliano did not show up at all, leaving an empty seat behind his name-card at the witness table. His lawyer said Pagliano was willing to invoke his 5th Amendment rights in a closed session, but not an open one.

Chaffetz excused Combetta and Thornton after they invoked their 5th Amendment rights in response to several questions, but the chairman sounded angry about Pagliano's refusal to appear.


House panel looking into Reddit post about Clinton's email server
By Katie Bo Williams
The Hill, 2016-09-19 : 09/19/16 04:55 PM EDT

The House Oversight Committee is reviewing a Reddit post that alleges an IT specialist who worked on Hillary Clinton’s private server sought advice on how to alter the contents of “VERY VIP” emails, according to Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.).

Meadows is the chairman of the panel’s Government Operations subcommittee.

“The Reddit post issue and its connection to Paul Combetta is currently being reviewed by OGR staff and evaluations are being made as to the authenticity of the post,” Meadows told The Hill.


Examining Preservation of State Department Federal Records
Full House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
2016-09-22 This is a continuation of the hearing that began on September 13, 2016. Hearing Date: September 22, 2016 10:00 am
YouTube video (2:44) of hearing
YouTube video (1:02:19) business meeting to find Bryan Pagliano in contempt of congress

House panel votes to hold Clinton tech aide Bryan Pagliano in contempt
By Josh Gerstein
Politico, 2016-09-22 : 09/22/16 11:19 AM EDT, Updated 09/22/16 03:17 PM EDT

A House panel voted Thursday to hold Bryan Pagliano, a former technology aide to Hillary Clinton, in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify about the private email set-up Clinton used as secretary of state.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted 19-15 along party lines, to send a contempt resolution to the full House. The move against Pagliano took place despite repeated warnings from his attorney that the showdown was fruitless since the computer specialist would assert his Fifth Amendment rights in response to any questions that would be put to him.


Chaffetz insisted he has different questions for Pagliano
than the ones he refused to answer last year. However,

Pagliano's lawyer has said he will refuse to answer any questions from the oversight panel.

[Justify that, you Democratic mother-fuckers.
What are Pagliano/Combatta/Clinton hiding?]

Oversight orders Reddit to preserve deleted posts in Clinton investigation
By Katie Bo Williams
The Hill, 2016-09-21 : 09/21/16 05:13 PM EDT

The House Oversight Committee has ordered Reddit to preserve deleted posts believed to be written by an IT technician the committee suspects may have deleted Hillary Clinton emails that were under subpoena.

Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) confirmed that the committee has issued a preservation order and that Reddit is “cooperating.”
At issue is whether an employee of the Denver, Colo.-based tech firm that managed Clinton’s server sought advice on how to digitally alter the address lines of emails thought to be from the former secretary of State — the day after the State Department had agreed to provide certain Clinton emails to the Benghazi Committee.

The allegations "fit the pattern of what we think was happening,” Chaffetz said.

The committee is looking into claims from some Reddit users who say they have uncovered a two-year-old post from an account believed to belong to Paul Combetta, an engineer with the firm, Platte River Networks.

The message has been deleted, but can be read in archives of the page saved by other users.

The evidence linking the Reddit account behind the post to Combetta is circumstantial, but Reddit users insist it is compelling — and committee members appear to agree.

“I’m very confident that the amount of circumstantial evidence certainly points in one direction,” Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), chairman of the panel’s Government Operations subcommittee, told The Hill. “We’re just trying to make doubly sure that we can authenticate that in a real way, because if not it will be challenged on a number of fronts.”

“We have to verify the authenticity but we are pursuing it with vigor,” Chaffetz said. “On the surface it may be accurate, but we've got to make sure [the Reddit posts] are preserved and we have to dive deeper into the authenticity.”

It’s unclear what, exactly, the committee will be able to learn from the information Reddit preserves. According to the company’s public policy for handling official requests, it maintains basic subscriber information, like IP logs, which identify the computer used to access a site.

According to the policy, Reddit can maintain deleted records — like a user’s account — for 90 days if it receives an official preservation order. Otherwise, the information will be subject to Reddit’s “normal retention or destruction schedules.”

The Hill reached out to Reddit for comment but did not receive a response.

According to the post archived by Reddit users, an account under the alias “stonetear” messaged that he “may be facing a very interesting situation where I need to strip out a VIP’s (VERY VIP) email address from a bunch of archived email.”

“Basically, they don’t want the VIP’s email address exposed to anyone, and want to be able to either strip out or replace the email address in the to/from fields in all of the emails we want to send out,” reads the post.

“Does anyone have experience with something like this, and/or suggestions on how this might be accomplished?”

According to those archives, the post was sent on July 24, 2014. On July 23, the Benghazi Committee had reached an agreement with the State Department on the production of related records, according to the FBI's investigation into Clinton's use of the server.

How Reddit Ruined The Hillary Clinton Campaign
by Jeffrey Marty, Attorney
Daily Caller, 2016-09-22


The July 24, 2014 Reddit post contained this request for advice about “stripping out” the email address of a “VERY VIP” email account,
which was posted just one day after the July 23, 2014 agreement between the State Department and Congress to release Hillary Clinton’s emails


Assuming that “Stonetear” was discussing Hillary Clinton’s emails,
these finds appear to be the smoking gun in the Clinton email scandal.
The posts prove intent to obstruct the production of evidence to Congress,
either through deception or deletion,
and that these events took place after the evidence was requested.
There is no legitimate reason for anyone to act this way
if the emails merely contained information about yoga poses and wedding invitations.