Despite the F.B.I.’s politics-based decision to excuse Hillary Clinton from prosecution for her illegal use of a private email server hidden in her New York home, there are still hearings going on into Hillary’s breach of our nation’s secrecy laws, and this week Hillary’s IT operatives made some startling news.
As we noted here at Constitution.com earlier this month, it seems clear that F.B.I. Director James Comey decided to destroy his otherwise stellar reputation by bowing to political pressure to excuse Hillary from prosecution despite the obvious facts of the case.
In the end, it is clear that Hillary Clinton gave the F.B.I. ample reason to recommend she be indicted for her crimes. But it also seems clear Comey had a political end in mind for his investigation. As far as Comey was concerned, Hillary’s criminal behavior was going to be ignored from the start.
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Even though the F.B.I. and the Obama-controlled Department of Justice have refused to prosecute Hillary for crimes any other American would have been thrown in jail over, there are still hearings being held and this week some explosive facts were revealed.
During hearings of the House Oversight Committee, for instance, we learned that the man who ran Hillary’s email server had no security clearance yet had access to every last classified email Hillary and her aides sent.
This is an astonishing lapse in national security.
The Tuesday, September 13 hearing was being held to determine why federal records were being steadily deleted from Hillary’s private server despite a federal subpoena ordering Hillary and her tech team to begin preserving the records.
The men who appeared before the committee on Tuesday were Paul Combetta and Bill Thornton, employees of Platte River Networks, a Colorado-based tech services company Hillary hired to manager her email servers.
Committee Chair Representative Justin Chaffetz (R, UT), asked the men just who it was that ordered them to continue deleting the emails despite the order from Congress to save them.
Naturally, both refused to say anything instead saying, “On advice of counsel, I respectfully decline to answer and assert my Fifth Amendment privilege.”
The Utah Congressman was visibly frustrated by the illegal recalcitrance by those who appeared before his committee.
That frustration boiled over as at one point Jason Herring, the acting assistant FBI director for congressional affairs, was testifying about withholding information on the F.B.I.’s investigation of Hillary’s email scandal when Chaffetz slammed Herring.
“You don’t get to decide what I get to see,” Chaffetz said angrily.
“I was elected by some 800,000 people to come to Congress and see classified information,” Chaffetz said to the F.B.I. agent who blatantly refused to supply documents “with no redactions.”
Worse, the man in charge of the emails, IT chief Bryan Pagliano, refused to even show for the hearings.
“I will consult with counsel and my colleagues to consider a full range of options available to address Mr. Pagliano’s failure to appear,” Chairman Chaffetz said during the hearings. “When you are served a subpoena by the United States Congress, that is not optional.”
Chaffetz added. “His attendance is required here.”
Chaffetz warned Pagliano against “thumbing his nose at Congress” and added that ignoring subpoena would result in penalties. “We’re not letting go of this,” the Congressman said.
And this all occurred despite that Pagliano had been given immunity in exchange for his testimony.
Sadly, at this point it is likely that the Obama administration will simply continue to ignore the law like it has done for nearly eight years.
In the end, it is clear that Hillary purposefully continued destroying emails despite the legal order to stop.
Fox News’ Catherine Herridge reported on September 7 that after Congress issued Hillary a subpoena and a preservation of evidence order that reached her IT folks on March 9, the former Secretary of State ordered her tech team to continue destroying emails anyway.
More shocking was the way the IT folks were deleting the emails.
“By the 25th of that month, there was a conference call with Clinton’s lawyers and then shortly after that, the records were deleted by Platte River Networks using that Bleach Bit technology,” Herridge said referring to a computer program that irretrievably destroys computer data. “So what you can see here, at least is lining up with the timeline to suggest that there was a deliberate deletion of records when there was an order to preserve.”
The use of the Bleach Bit program is evidence that Hillary was purposefully breaking the law.