‘How convenient’! State Dept’s claim about Hillary’s homebrew server tech doesn’t pass the smell test

Former State Department employee and Hillary Clinton IT aide Bryan Pagliano pleaded the Fifth before a House committee last year, and now there’s more news that just happens to be helpful for Hillary:

The State Department has no emails to or from the man believed to have set up and maintained Hillary Clinton’s private email server during the four years she served as secretary, it said on Monday.

The department has found archived emails from the IT specialist, Bryan Pagliano, spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau told reporters, from after Clinton left office. It has not found a single email he sent or received from May 1, 2009, to Feb. 1, 2013, however.

“We are continuing to search for Mr. Pagliano’s emails,” Trudeau told reporters on Monday. “We are conducting a thorough search.”

Trudeau declined to comment on how or whether Pagliano stored his emails, or whether he might have decided to delete them after a certain period of time.

“It is not required for employees to save every email they sent and received, however they must preserve federal records,” she said.

The Federal Records Act requires government agencies to store many employees’ emails for recordkeeping purposes, but it remains unclear how that law applied to Pagliano.

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