(FOX News) – The Department of Justice reportedly gave immunity to a computer expert who deleted Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s emails during its investigation into her private email server despite being ordered by Congress to keep them.
The New York Times reported Thursday that the Justice Department’s immunity deal with Paul Combetta likely means that Republican lawmakers’ calls for federal authorities to investigate his deletions will go unheard.
The top Republican on the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, had asked the Justice Department to investigate whether Clinton, her lawyers or Combetta obstructed justice when the emails were deleted in March 2015.
The FBI said when Clinton’s team called Platte River Networks – the Denver-based IT company where Combetta worked – in March 2015, Combetta said he realized he didn’t follow a December 2014 directive from Clinton’s lawyers to have the emails deleted. He then used BleachBit to delete the messages in the days after the meeting with her lawyers.
The Times, citing the FBI’s notes, reported that Combetta initially told the agency in February that he didn’t recall deleting the emails, but changed his story in May.
In February, he told federal investigators he didn’t remember seeing an order from the Benghazi investigation committee, which Cheryl Mills had sent to Platte River Networks, to keep the emails.
However, in the May interview, he said at the time he deleted the emails “he was aware of the existence of the preservation request and the fact that it meant he should not disturb Clinton’s email data” on the Platte River network.
Combetta is the second person to be given immunity in the investigation into Clinton’s private email server. IT specialist Bryan Pagliano, who was a staff member on Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, was given immunity in exchange for answers into how he was able to setup Clinton’s “homebrew” server that was setup at her Chappaqua, N.Y. residence around the time she started working at the State Department.
The FBI described the deletions in its notes of its investigation into Clinton’s account that was released last week…
… on Tuesday, July 5th, FBI Director James Comey functionally rewrote one of the most fundamental aspects of our legal system(determining mens rea) to justify his recommendation not to indict Hillary Clinton for her use ofan unauthorized, insecure, private email server for all of her work at the State Department. This is of course, despite the fact that Clinton is absolutely, 100% guilty of both willfully violating the Espionage Act and committing perjury during her Oct 22nd, 2015 testimony before Congress.
Simply put, we are now looking at the single biggest cover-up scandal in the history of the United States government and that absolutely does include Dick Nixon’s Watergate cover-up; this story has more twists, turns and traps than a crowded Thai bathhouse.
The revelations from the FBI interview with Clinton that were shamelessly slipped under the door like a throwaway paper in a cheap motel over Labor Day weekend made me think this:
If were I an FBI agent, I would despise James Comey. He has humiliated the FBI and all its employees. The institution will never be the same, at least not for decades to come. The FBI is no longer an instrument of justice. It is the reverse. It is an obfuscater of justice and an enabler of the rich and powerful. How depressing and disgusting.God help our republic.
What a coward Comey is. When Julian Assange starts to release his next round of emails, the director may have to commit hara-kiri. It will be the only honorable way to go, failing his resignation.
If he doesn’t resign, I predict he will soon have a full-scale mutiny on his hands from within the ranks of the FBI. Rumors have already surfaced. That humiliation, institutionally and personally, is too great for honorable men and women to take. And there are many honorable men and women in the ranks of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Whether they will mutiny before of after Hillary is elected president, if she is, is hard to say. But if it is after, there is no foreseeing what will happen.
Yes, the FBI has had, shall we say, a variegated past, but in recent years many of us had come to trust it, although the organization has been severely hampered in its internal battle against radical Islam by the nauseating political correctness of the current administration. Nevertheless, most of us suspected it was still there in a pinch and its operatives understood the political correctness was nonsense and could finally be ignored. Now I am not so sure.
Don’t Let Comey Put a Criminal in the White House – BleachBit Timeline is a shot at redemption: FBI should indict … Well, yeah, but I’m sure whatever Hillary and Obama have on Comey outweighs this side of his reputation…
UPDATE: A friend who works for the federal government emails and says that I’m wrong, that about a third of his colleagues are openly pro-Trump. I find it hard to believe that that’s representative, but if Trump’s really getting that kind of support within the overwhelmingly-Democratic bureaucracy, then Trump will win by a landslide. But he still won’t have as much support as Obama has had, or Hillary does.
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) September 9, 2016
Imagine, a public servant subject to scrutiny . . . (wait for it) . . . from the public. Crazy. https://t.co/CgFRqm5XSY
— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) September 9, 2016
This was the paper that exposed Watergate. https://t.co/obU6xgRIJf
— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) September 9, 2016
In their heads, they're still crusading muckrakers pursuing Nixon's 18 minute gap wherever it leadshttps://t.co/Mo1mWwisZX
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) September 9, 2016
Same @washingtonpost that went after Nixon for 18 min of tape sees nothing wrong with HRC deleting 30k subpoenaed docs then lying about it.
— Razor (@hale_razor) September 9, 2016