The "Oh Shit" Guy That Wiped Hillary's Server With BleachBit Was Just Granted Immunity
Last week, after the FBI dropped their Friday before Labor Day weekend bomb on Hillary, we wrote about the various events leading up to the deletion of Hillary's emails (full details here: "The "Oh Shit" Moment: Hillary Wiped Her Server With BleachBit Despite Subpoena"). At the end of that post we concluded that the "Undisclosed PRN Staff Member" managing Hillary's servers on behalf of Platte River Networks had seemingly thrown himself under the bus by admitting to the FBI that he "was aware of the existence of the preservation request and the fact that it meant he should not disturb Clinton's e-mail data on the PRN server" but then went ahead and deleted the emails anyway.
According to new info from the New York Times, that "Undisclosed PRN Staff Member" is Paul Combetta and apparently his brazen honesty during FBI interviews came only after receiving an immunity deal from the Justice Department.
For those who "do not recall" the specific timeline leading up to Combetta wiping Hillary's server, here is a breif recap:
December 2014 / January 2015 – “Undisclosed Clinton staff member” instructs Combetta to remove archives of Clinton emails from PRN server but he forgets.
March 4, 2015 – Hillary receives subpoena from House Select Committee on Benghaziinstructing her to preserve and deliver all emails from her personal servers.
March 25, 2015 – Combetta has a conference call with “President Clinton’s Staff.”
March 25 – 31, 2015 – Combetta has “oh shit” moment and realizes he forgot to wipe Hillary’s email archive from the PRN server back in December…which he promptly does using BleachBit.
February 18, 2016 - Combetta meets with FBI and denies knowing about the existense of the subpoena from the House Select Committee on Benghazi at the time he wiped Hillary's server.
May 3, 2016 - Combetta has follow-up meeting with the FBI and admits that he "was aware of the existence of the preservation request and the fact that it meant he should not disturb Clinton's e-mail data on the PRN server."