Virtually every single one of Hillary Clinton’s emails were sent, potentially secretly, to a cryptically named Gmail address, according to a new Senate report.
A new Senate report says a second, cryptic Gmail account was created by an aide named Paul Combetta, who worked for the company that managed Clinton’s unsecured server, and as a result all but four of her now-deleted emails likely wound up on Google’s servers after Combetta forwarded them to the Google-based account.
- All but four of Hillary Clinton’s 30,000 emails were copied, likely secretly, to a Gmail address called CarterHeavyIndustries@gmail.com, according to a new Senate report.
- The FBI says that the account was linked to Paul Combetta, an IT aide Clinton hired who used BleachBit to destroy emails after they were subpoenaed and misled FBI agents.
- Combetta said he sent all of her emails to the Gmail account as part of trying to copy them to a new server. Combetta was copying Clinton’s emails off of an old laptop that he was supposed send back in the mail, but there’s no evidence he returned it, according to the Department of Justice Inspector General.
- When an intel agent discovered the copying to a third-party account, he said Peter Strzok seemed uninterested. The intel agency feared the email account could be a link to a foreign
- power, but the FBI refused to explain it to them.
The report further states the FBI knew about the second email account and showed little concern.
The finding, which has not been previously reported, means that Clinton’s emails, including classified ones and ones which were later deleted, likely existed on Google’s U.S.-based servers. The FBI said in the report that it knew this — and of the suspicious explanation for it — but did not alert other intelligence agencies or the public, according to the report.
Charles McCullough, the Intelligence Community Inspector General, and his investigator Frank Rucker discovered that every one of Clinton’s emails except four were secretly copied to the cryptically named email address, CarterHeavyIndustries@gmail.com, according to the report.
Rucker was interviewed by staffers within the offices of GOP Sens.
Rucker said he took his concerns about the Gmail account to FBI Agent Peter Strzok who seemed “dismissive” and asked no further questions.
In trying to determine why Combetta would move Clinton’s files to a Gmail account — a move the aide said was in preparation for moving them from a laptop to her server — Rucker also researched the name “Carter Heavy Industries” and found a company with a similar name, Shandong Carter Heavy Industry Machinery Co., based in Shandong, China.