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Congress Demands Interview With IT Firm in Charge of Hillary’s Email Server

Congress Demands Interview With IT Firm in Charge of Hillary’s Email Server

Reddit post shows user asking to strip a VIP client’s email.

House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) has demanded an interview with employees of the IT firm that handled Hillary Clinton’s private email server. The demand comes after images of one employee on Reddit asking for advice on how to modify emails.

Platte River Networks employees Paul Combetta and Bill Thornton “pleaded the Fifth Amendment when subpoenaed to testify about the server before the House Oversight Committee.”

Someone deleted the post, but Reddit users found it in the archives. It reads:

“I 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, by a user called “stonetear.”

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

No one has yet confirmed that Combetta used the “stonetear” account on Reddit, but users noticed that a Paul Combetta on Etsy also has the “stonetear” username while “the inactive website is registered to the email address [email protected].”

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), the chairman of the Oversight’s Government Operations subcommittee, told The Hill that his committee is reviewing the post:

“If it is determined that the request to change email addresses was made by someone so closely aligned with the Secretary’s IT operation as Mr. Combetta, then it will certainly prompt additional inquiry,” Meadows told The Hill. “The date of the Reddit post in relationship to the establishment of the Select Committee on Benghazi is also troubling.”

The Reddit message was sent on July 23, 2014, according to an archive of the page saved by other users. The day before, the Benghazi Committee had reached an agreement with the State Department on the production of related records, according the FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s use of the server.

But Smith also wants his committee to interview the employees. He sent a letter to the Eichner Law Firm, who has represented the company during the Congressional investigation of Hillary’s server:

If true, these details raise new questions as to whether Platte River Networks purposefully defied legal document retention requirements. Further, it is unclear if the Federal Bureau of Investigation was aware of these facts at the time of their investigation.

Additionally, I am concerned that Mr. Combetta may have made an attempt to delete relevant posts, including the post mentioned above, from his username just hours after reports initially surfaced on September 19, 2016, about his request for assistance on deleting email addresses from archived emails.

Earlier this month, the FBI released its notes from its investigation. The papers revealed that, despite Hillary’s claims, hardly anyone knew her email address. Another showed that an unnamed person deleted Hillary’s archive mailbox from the PRN and proceeded to use BleachBit to delete any exported emails and files.


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Investigation will get nowhere if actual prosecutions aren’t involved, and involved mighty soon.

Taking the Fifth won’t protect anyone from prosecution.

Of course, Lynch will prosecute nobody. And the D’rats in Congress will block impeachment of Lynch.

It’s a pretty tight ship the D’rats are running.

    Ragspierre in reply to tom swift. | September 20, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    A rare occasion when I agree, tom.

    When even the very best government ever designed is populated with Collectivist thugs, it ceases to work as intended.

    There may be little left but for the citizens to be revolting. (There’s a Mel Brooks homage in there.)

I’ve got another path for investigation. Every one is searching for emails mentioning Benghazi around Sept 11. They should be searching for any mention of what was going on and who was going to be in Benghazi before Sept 11. The CIA annex was supposed to be secret, also the visit by the late Ambassador Stevens was supposed to be unknown until the last minute. If Hillary’s email had been compromised then someone would have know before hand about the CIA and the Ambassador. There is a very good chance that not only did Hillary lie about being able to support Americans and the reason for the attack but her lax attitudes about email security might have actually caused their deaths. Honestly something as devastating as that would explain why she has companies breaking laws left and right to hide her email trail.

Katica started this. She noticed the reddit posts and connected the dots, even though they were from Stonetear.

Maybe nothing will come of it.

    Mercyneal in reply to amwick. | September 20, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Katica, a young law student, deserves all the credit for investigating and breaking this story.

    jack burns in reply to amwick. | September 20, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    Maybe the bigger story here is that Grandma, for whatever reason, has gotten on the wrong side of a hacker community who are motivated to drill down on these cold trails. I’d like to believe its because they are perceptive enough to recognize her core malevolence and will do anything to shut her down.

IANAL but my educated guess is that DOJ gave limited immunity to all these peripheral players intentionally so they could still assert 5th Amendment protections before Congress. Congress is rightfully loathe to grant full immunity without a proffer from the witnesses’ attorneys, so they would know what they are getting AND the extent of witness involvement.

But that won’t come. People in the Clinton orbit always seem to get the right attorneys and stay on the team – it’s the only reason Bill & Hillary are walking free today.

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Without an honest Administration & DOJ, Congress is hogtied in getting at the truth. Obama has given us neither, by design. That’s why not only was no one prosecuted at VA for faking wait times to receive bonuses, not one dime of the fraudulent bonus money – tens of millions over a few years – was recovered. They were never even asked to return the ill-gotten gain.

We could have cleaned house next year, at least, if only we had nominated a Republican instead of one more crooked Democrat.

    “We could have cleaned house next year, at least, if only we had nominated a Republican instead of one more crooked Democrat”

    We could have cleaned house last year, or the year before, or when Bush was president. Didn’t happen. Maybe because of one more crooked republican. It’s always going to be “next year”.

    Geez, if we’d just nominated jeb! He’d fix those corrupt bastards.

Somehow, on a regular day in 7th grade Algebra, Mr. Labelle told the “last straw” story. The camel, it turned out, could only take so many straws, no matter how miniscule the weight of each. I stand in absolute awe of the Clinton camel. Redwood after sequoia after spent nuclear rod does that beast shoulder without complaint. No straw, however heavy, will break its back. She is impervious to scandal.
Its an Atlas, I tell you.

    jack burns in reply to Pessimist. | September 20, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    Its a 68 year old Atlas with multiple issues the worst of which is the high likelihood of a weaponized clot lurking patiently somewhere. Who else has been immortal, Lenin, Mandela?

Another angle on this is that Grandma Gotrocks hired a low voltage IT house to get her needs met. They needed to go looking for help in the hacker community asking thinly veiled questions along the way. One Katica tumbled to it, it revealed a lit walkway right back to the dufus Combetta. So, apparently, along with Grandma’s non-existent technical skills is her inability to even get the right talent hired. She was a lousy government hack and evidently sucks as a middle manager. I wonder if that server physically situated somewhere in Eastern Europe isn’t whistling like a peanut wagon.

What they wanted to do CAN be done, but not with commercially available tools.
You need access to people with the right set of skills and enough money to pay for the job. The Clintons have the money, but they went to the wrong guy. Asking those stupid questions in a forum is proof enough that the guy was way over his head. Of course, grandma Hitlary is not bright enough to know the difference between an IT amateur and a pro.

However, even if they went to the right people, modifying their copies of the PST files is a cheap trick that can fool only somebody as short-sighted as Hitlary. Compare the email headers in their PST to the copies that the senders or recipients of the same emails should have, and you’re caught red-handed.
Of course, seeing how weak Congress has been, I suppose team Deception decided that it was worth a try.

    jack burns in reply to Exiliado. | September 20, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    I’ve seen quite a few expert opinions and what this outfit did was bush, no pun intended. This was the Whitewater break-in as done on MS Office. Undoubtedly she delegated the choice of this vendor to a minion so it looks like everybody in the food chain were/are boobs. Wonder if they designed the “Russian Reset” button.

      DouglasJBender in reply to jack burns. | September 20, 2016 at 9:48 pm

      I always thought that “Russian Reset” button was reminiscent of a red button the President would use to authorize a nuclear attack. Probably neither Hillary, nor her Russian counterpart, recognized the connection.

        jack burns in reply to DouglasJBender. | September 20, 2016 at 9:55 pm

        Can’t say for sure but I think you’re thinking of the “Civilization Reset” button. We don’t want her and her defective motherboard anywhere near it.