Hillary Clinton’s email troubles just keep getting weirder and
weirder -- and harder for anyone but the most die-hard Clinton
fans to ignore.
The latest twist is news that four years’ worth of State
Department emails from Clinton’s top IT staffer, Bryan Pagliano,
can’t be found.
“The Department has searched for Mr. Pagliano’s email pst file
and has not located one that covers the time period of Secretary
Clinton’s tenure,” said State’s Elizabeth Trudeau.
State was, however, able to find Pagliano emails for his “recent
work at the Department as a contractor, but the files are from
after Secretary Clinton left the Department.”
In other words, only those emails he sent after Clinton left
State can be found. How convenient.
Pagliano, for those following the story, has been granted
immunity for his testimony about how he set up Clinton’s private
email server in her home, which she used exclusively to conduct
State Department business. He is, in other words, a key witness
in what could end up being a criminal case.
The missing emails came to light as the result of a Republican
National Committee Freedom of Information Act request -- not,
it’s worth noting, from any mainstream media outlet -- which
asked for Pagliano’s emails along with Clinton’s Blackberry
“It’s hard to believe that an IT staffer who set up Hillary
Clinton’s reckless email server never sent or received a single
work-related email in the four years he worked at the State
Department,” RNC spokesman Raj Shah told The Daily Beast. “Such
records might shed light on his role in setting up Clinton’s
server, and why he was granted immunity by the FBI.”
If this were some lone bureaucratic hiccup, it would be highly
suspicious, given the nature of the investigation. But this fits
into a broader pattern by Clinton and the Obama administration
of stonewalling investigations, to say nothing of emails central
to an investigation mysteriously disappearing. (Remember Lois
Lerner’s “lost” IRS emails, which she claimed were destroyed
when her hard drive suddenly crashed?)
This kind of behavior would normally light a fire under law
enforcement -- and the press -- since these things usually smack
of a cover-up.
But the mainstream press is asleep at the switch -- just check
out the softball questions John Dickerson lobbed at Clinton on
"Face the Nation." Everyone seems to expect the FBI and/or
Justice Department to dismiss the Clinton email scandal as much
ado about nothing.
And we’re supposed to wonder why people are cynical about
government and don’t trust the press?