by WorldTribune Staff, October 20, 2016
Hillary Clinton had direct contact with the top IT specialist working on her private email server, though the former secretary of state said in sworn testimony she “does not recall” any such communication, newly released State Department documents show.
The documents, uncovered by the FBI in its investigation of Clinton and her use of the clintonemail.com system, were obtained by Judicial Watch after a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
The emails reveal direct communications between Clinton and IT specialist Bryan Pagliano. Last week, Clinton claimed under oath to Judicial Watch that she “does not recall having communications” with Pagliano relating to the email system.
“These new emails leave little doubt that Hillary Clinton was less than forthright and misled the public when she wrote, under oath, that she ‘couldn’t recall’ communicating with Bryan Pagliano about her email scheme,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “No wonder Clinton and her agents deleted these emails time and time again. And these smoking gun emails would never have seen the light of day but for Judicial Watch’s federal lawsuits.”
Pagliano installed and maintained the clintonemail.com computer system in the Clintons’ New York home. The emails between Pagliano and Clinton relate to email management problems with Clinton’s BlackBerry.
“The FBI recovered these new emails from those not turned over by Hillary Clinton,” Judicial Watch said. “These new emails are government documents and not personal emails as Hillary Clinton claims in defending her decision to not turn over 30,000 emails sent or received by her as secretary of state.”
In a March 18, 2012 email sent to Pagliano and Justin Cooper, a senior adviser to Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton wrote: “Once again, I’m having BB trouble. I am not receiving emails although people are getting ones I send but I get their replies on my IP. I’ve taken out the battery and done what I know to do but with no luck yet any ideas?”
In his response, Pagliano wrote: “Let me take a look at the server to see if it offers any insight. iPhone is not much different from iPad, however in both cases the security landscape is different from the blackberry.”
On Oct. 13, Judicial Watch released Clinton’s responses given under oath to 25 questions posed by Judicial Watch as ordered by U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan in separate litigation. The final question reads:
“Identify all communications between you and Bryan Pagliano concerning or relating to the management, preservation, deletion, or destruction of any emails in your clintonemail.com email account, including any instruction or direction to Mr. Pagliano about the management, preservation, deletion, or destruction of emails in your account when transferring the clintonemail.com email system to any alternate or replacement server. For each communication, identify the time, date, place, manner (e.g., in person, in (e.g., in person, in writing, by telephone, or by electronic or other means), persons present or participating, and content of the communication.”
“Secretary Clinton objects to Interrogatory No. 25 on the ground that it requests information that is outside the scope of permitted discovery for the reasons set forth in General Objection No. 5. Secretary Clinton further objects to Interrogatory No. 25 on the ground that the word “management” is vague. Secretary Clinton further objects to Interrogatory No. 25 insofar as it requests information related to alternate or replacement servers used after Secretary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State. Subject to and without waiving the foregoing objections, Secretary Clinton states that she does not recall having communications with Bryan Pagliano concerning or relating to the management, preservation, deletion, or destruction of any e-mails in her clintonemail.com email account.”
Clinton also claimed she “does not recall” 20 times in her responses given under oath. In addition, Judicial Watch deposed Pagliano in June. He invoked his Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself more than 125 times, including:
Q. During your tenure at the State Department, did you communicate with Secretary Clinton by e-mail?
A. On the advice of counsel, I will decline to answer your question in reliance on my rights under the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution.