Judicial Watch has announced it has sent the powerhouse Google a subpoena. Authorized by a DC federal court, the subpoena asks Google to produce “all Clinton emails from a Google account believed to contain former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails.”
The subpoena is the result of reports that “Platte River Networks’ IT specialist Paul Combetta reportedly used the Google account to transfer Clinton’s emails from a laptop to a Platte River server, then used BleachBit to remove any traces of the emails from the laptop.”
The subpoena requests emails from Clinton’s entire time at State, from January 2009 to February 2013, and is due to be handed over by May 13th. The newest subpoena for Google is part of Judicial Watch’s lawsuit, Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State which is devoted to seeking “records concerning ‘talking points or updates on the Benghazi attack.”
As a refresher, back in August 2019 U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth “raised concern about Clinton’s Gmail cache and ordered Judicial Watch to ‘shake this tree’ on the issue” according to Judicial Watch. Judge Lamberth referred to Senator Grassley’s statement as a defense to continue the investigation, or to “shake this tree:”
A report in which he had some very troubling information about a guy named Combetta who had been one of the contract employees on the Clinton emails, and he and the Senator who Chairs the Homeland Security Committee released in the Senate this report Friday, and the gist of it was that Combetta had said…he had created a dummy email account with all of the Hillary Clinton emails in it in a different name, and the FBI had investigated that to see whether or not the Chinese had ever hacked into it. They have determined that the Chinese hadn’t, but that the FBI never told the State Department about that account and that the emails that were not given over to State could have been obtained from that account, but the FBI never told State about it.
It was March 2, 2020, that Judge Lamberth granted the subpoena for Google, stating, “The Court is not confident that State currently possesses every Clinton email recovered by the FBI; even years after the FBI investigation, the slow trickle of new emails has yet to be explained.
For this reason, the Court believes the subpoena would be worthwhile and many even uncover additional previously undisclosed emails.” Therefore, “the Court GRANTS this request.”