A court recently authorized a conservative watchdog group to serve a subpoena on Google to turn over a large selection of files which likely included “thousands of Hillary Clinton’s emails.”
According to the Washington Examiner, the watchdog group, Judicial Watch, announced this week that “it had served a subpoena against the Silicon Valley tech firm as part of its Freedom of Information Act court battle seeking all of Clinton’s emails from her time as secretary of state, including the tens of thousands that were deleted from her private email server.”
Specifically the subpoena is going after “every Clinton email from her time at the State Department from January 2009 until February 2013 and asked Google to hand the records over by May 13.”
The U.S. District Court judge who authorized the subpoena did so because he said the files in question do “not appear to have ever been reconstructed and searched.”
Judge Lamberth made it clear he lacks confidence there was ever an adequate search:
“The subpoena seeks to discover new emails, so it certainly relates to whether [the] State [Department] conducted an adequate search. 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 may even uncover additional previously undisclosed emails. Accordingly, the Court GRANTS this request.”
The head of Judicial Watch, Tom Fitton, said the subpoena was issued because the judge was frustrated with the political games. “A federal court, tired of the State and Justice Departments’ gamesmanship, authorized Judicial Watch’s subpoena to Google to follow a lead on the Clinton emails,” Fitton added.
The underlying strategy of the subpoena is, according to a Washington Examiner report, to secure any emails from Paul Combetta who handled Clinton’s email server during a portion of her time as secretary of state.
Combetta is the Platte River Networks information tech specialist who “set up and managed Clinton’s email server and used BleachBit to help permanently delete Clinton’s digital records,” says the report. “There is evidence to suggest that Combetta was automatically copying and forwarding emails from Clinton’s private email server to a Google cache on another server.”
The subpoena specifically lists “any and all Clinton emails, including metadata, sent or forwarded to or from or saved, stored, archive, or contained in the Gmail account associated with” [email protected], the email account set up by Combetta.
To read more about the subpoena, click here.