Members of outfit that used BleachBit to wipe Clinton’s server take the Fifth

Members of outfit that used BleachBit to wipe Clinton’s server take the Fifth
Paul Combetta (Image: C-SPAN video screen grab)

This is becoming a pattern in the most transparent administration in the history of the galaxy. First it was Lois Lerner, who made a statement before Congress, thereby waiving her Fifth Amendment Rights, but then claimed them anyway — and somehow waltzed of unscathed.

Today it was employees of Platte River Networks, the Denver-based IT firm that maintained Hillary Clinton’s homebrew server.

The Associated Press notes that two “officials” with the company, Bill Thornton and Paul Combetta, pled the Fifth and were excused from before a House committee investigating Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. Combetta is the one who wiped Hillary Clinton’s private server and email archive with BleachBit.

Bryan Pagliano, the former State Department computer specialist tasked with setting up Clinton’s server, has also asserted his constitutional right not to testify and did not appear at today’s session.

One witness, Justin Cooper, a former White House aide to President Bill Clinton, was the lone witness and answered the committee’s questions for nearly two hours. His attorney, Howard Shapiro, sat behind him.

Chaffetz described Cooper as a former employee of President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation. He said Cooper purchased the first server used by Hillary Clinton. Cooper also registered the email domain “” in 2009, when Clinton’s nomination to be secretary of state was being considered by the Senate.

Cooper also admitted to being the employee who destroyed Clinton’s mobile devices with a hammer when they had outlived their usefulness.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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