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An "Oh-No" Moment . . .


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Joe M tweeted: Paul Combetta, the stupid IT fool who was helping Hillary delete her emails, was one of those ordered to sit for a deposition. I am sure he'll have to explain this catastrophic blunder when he scrambled onto Reddit literally asking how to scrub her name from incriminating emails.

Then, he leaves an archived Reddit link from Paul Combetta using the handle “stonetear” that reads: Hello all- I may be facing a very interesting situation where I need to strip out a VIP's (VERY VIP) email address from a bunch of archived emails that I have both in a live Exchange mailbox, as well as a PST file.

Basically, they don't want the VIP's email address exposed to anyone and want to be able to either strip out or replace the email address in the to/from fields in all of the emails we want to send out.

I am not sure if something like this is possible with PowerShell or exporting all of the emails to MSG and doing find/replaces with a batch processing program of some sort.

Does anyone have experience with something like this, and/or suggestions on how this might be accomplished?

@chadkanera replied to @StormIsUponUs with:

I remember this. DOJ gave him immunity. And yes, the archive link still works in my original post so you can see his actual post today.

We were archiving things as it happened because the evidence was being scrubbed before our eyes.

On June 2, 2019, Paul Combetta’s home was raided after it was revealed he was the one trying to delete Hillary’s emails.

A collaborative investigation showed a Reddit user with the username stonetear requested help in relation to retaining and purging email messages after 60 days and requested advice on how to remove a "VERY VIP" individual's email address as read earlier from the archived content.

The requests match neatly with publicly known dates related to Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state.

Stonetear tried deleting the posts, but before doing so, the pages were archived by other individuals.

"ARCHIVE EVERYTHING YOU CAN!!!!" a person wrote on a popular thread on the Donald Trump-supporting subreddit r/The_Donald, as the entries disappeared.

There are several reasons to believe the Reddit user is indeed Combetta, who was granted immunity by the Justice Department during its investigation of Clinton's private server after he deleted many emails. (Interesting how the very corrupt Justice Department gave him immunity)

The claim that the evidence connecting Combetta to the account is circumstantial is negated by its voluminous content. The inactive website is registered to the email address, a search of domain registration information using the service indicates.

An account for a person named Paul Combetta on the web bazaar Etsy also has the username stonetear. And, perhaps most damningly, there are the dates. On July 24, 2014, stonetear made that post on Reddit; one day after this:

On July 23, 2014, the House Select Committee on Benghazi had reached an agreement with the State Department on the production of records, according to an FBI report on the bureau's probe of Clinton's email use.

Then on Dec. 10, 2014 Stonetear posted this on Reddit: “Hello- I have a client who wants to push out a 60-day email retention policy for certain users. However, they also want these users to have a 'Save Folder' in their Exchange folder list where the users can drop items that they want to hang onto longer than the 60-day window.

All email in any other folder in the mailbox should purge anything older than 60 days (should not apply to calendar or contact items of course). How would I go about this? Some combination of retention and managed folder policy?”

The FBI report says that Cheryl Mills, a longtime Clinton aide and attorney, requested in December 2014 that the email retention policy be shortened to 60 days. The FBI report says Mills "instructed an unnamed person to modify the email retention policy on Clinton's e-mail account" but that "according to the unnamed person he did not make these changes to Clinton's account until March 2015."

The report says the person, essentially identified as Combetta by The New York Times, realized in late March 2015 -- after Clinton's use of a private email account was first reported that month by the Times -- that he had not made the retention change and "had an 'oh no-' moment and sometime between March 25-31, 2015, deleted the Clinton archive mailbox from the [Platte River Networks] server and used Bleach Bit to delete the exported.

PST files he had created on the server system containing Clinton's emails."

In 2016, Combetta invoked the right not to testify before the House oversight committee, during the Clinton email probe.

Clinton, who left office in early 2013, provided about 30,000 emails deemed work-related by her legal team to the State Department in December 2014, the same month of the reported Mills retention policy request that led to Combetta's later deletion of emails. [1]

James Woods tweets: This is delicious. #HillaryClinton to be deposed over her “damn emails.”

#Yum. He leaves us this delicious link:

On March 2, 2020 A federal judge ordered former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to sit for a sworn deposition for the first time in connection with her use of a private email account during her State Department tenure.

U.S. District Court Royce Lamberth issued the order in connection with a five-and-a-half-year-old Freedom of Information Act lawsuit the conservative group Judicial Watch filed seeking emails related to the deadly 2012 attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya.

Clinton was previously required to submit a sworn written statement about her email use, but the deposition—if it takes place—would be the first time she has had to submit to live questioning under oath on the subject.

During her four years in President Barack Obama's Cabinet, Clinton relied on a private email account and server for both her work-related and personal messages. The practice led to a storm of controversy that roiled her 2016 presidential bid and is widely viewed as contributing to her ultimate defeat by Donald Trump.

In response to press questions during the campaign and in the sworn statement, Clinton said she kept the private account and server after taking over as secretary of state in 2009 as a matter of convenience. The FBI investigated, interviewed Clinton and recommended against criminal charges, but it did find dozens of messages in her account that officials said contained highly classified information.

However, Lamberth said in his ruling Monday that the FBI probe and representations by the State Department have not adequately put to rest questions about the episode and Clinton's deposition is needed to address those concerns.

"To argue that the Court now has enough information to determine whether State conducted an adequate search is preposterous," wrote Lamberth, who has tangled with Clinton aides for decades in a series of cases.

The judge, an appointee of President Ronald Reagan, said the fact that more Clinton emails continue to dribble out from the State Department raises questions about the thoroughness of the government's earlier actions to recover Clinton's messages.

"Even years after the FBI investigation, the slow trickle of new emails has yet to be explained," Lamberth wrote. He blasted Clinton's prior answers given in response to another judge's order as "incomplete, unhelpful, or cursory, at best."

In addition to ordering Clinton's deposition, Lamberth said he'll require Clinton's former chief of staff Cheryl Mills to be deposed, although she was already questioned, in-person and under-oath by Judicial Watch about the issue in another FOIA case.

The judge also approved a subpoena to Google for any Clinton emails it may possess. [2]Seems Paul Combetta’s “oh no” moment on Reddit is coming back to haunt him.




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