You think that is just a coincidence or did someone do some urgent spring cleaning?
The State Department can find no emails to or from a former Hillary Clinton aide who worked for the agency and also managed Clinton’s private computer server while she served as secretary of state, the government said in a new court filing on Monday.
The government said as much in U.S. District Court in Washington in answer to a lawsuit by the Republican National Committee.
The committee had sued over its public records request for all work-related emails sent to or received by Clinton’s former aide, Bryan Pagliano, between 2009 and 2013, the years of Clinton’s tenure.
The lawsuit also pressed for other State Department records from the Clinton era.
The RNC’s filing said lawyers for the agency had informed them in discussions that, ‘the State Department has represented that no responsive records exist’ for any Pagliano emails.
Pagliano was hired at the agency after reportedly setting up Clinton’s server in 2009, but the lack of any official State Department emails raises the question whether he limited his email traffic using a private account, much like Clinton did during her four years as secretary, or whether his government emails were deleted.
A State Department official said it possesses emails from Pagliano during the period after Clinton’s term had ended, when he continued to work as a technology contractor.
Agency spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said the department searched for Pagliano’s email file but ‘has not located one that covers the time period of Secretary Clinton’s tenure.’
She added that the agency is working with Congress and several public records requesters to provide relevant material.
Trudeau also said ‘the department disagrees with a number of assertions made in today’s filing’ and added that agency officials continue to search for ‘Mr. Pagliano’s emails, which the department may have otherwise retained.’