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Early Clinton Email Witness Was Never Interviewed by FBI: Project Veritas

 
 
 
 
 
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Project Veritas Action has just released a new video relating to the investigations of Hillary Clinton’s private email servers.

In December, 2010, US Department of State IT Systems Administrator Cindy Almodovar reported that she met with Huma Abedin for thirty minutes regarding emails at the then unknown, but now notorious, @clintoneail.com site. Here’s is the text from that email exchange:

From: Almodovar, Cindy T

Sent: Friday, December 17, 2010 11:17 AM

To: SES-IRM_Tech

Cc: SES-IRM_FO-Mgt

Subject: Meeting with Huma

I met with Huma for about 30 minutes to go over mail issues.

She gave me some examples listed below, but also, things are inconsistent. But issue #1 is of an e-mail which was sent to her twice this morning, did get received on but was not delivered. See details below.

I have a contact for the @clintonemail site, his name is Bryan Pagliano and he actually now works for State, but he apparently set all of this up.

Huma sent several tests from her clintonemail account to Lona and myself – they were received. But there are many messages and responses not received.

o She sent a message this morning from her state.gov account to cheftwan@mail.house.gov.

§ Recipient responded, but she didn’t get the response. I found that the response arrived and is on as “submitted to Categorizer” at 6:47 this morning.

§ It was resent at 7:11 am by sender to huma, received and also “submitted to Categorizer” on

o On 12/14, hdr22@clintonemail.com sent a message to huma@clintonemail.com and Valmoroli@state.gov at 10:03 pm. The subject line was blank. Huma received at Clinton address, but Lona did not receive on her state.gov account.

Cindy Trodden Almodovar

S/ES Supervisory Systems Administrator

S/ES-IRM POEMS Help Desk

U.S. Department of State

Phone: 202-647-8328 | Fax: 202-647-8191

As a result of subsequent investigations regarding Secretary Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. State Department reported the following:

From the unclassified May 2016 State Department report ESP-16-03:

Two staff in S/ES-IRM reported to OIG that, in late 2010, they each discussed their concerns about Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal email account in separate meetings with the then-Director of S/ES-IRM. In one meeting, one staff member raised concerns that information sent and received on Secretary Clinton’s account could contain Federal records that needed to be preserved in order to satisfy Federal recordkeeping requirements. According to the staff member, the Director stated that the Secretary’s personal system had been reviewed and approved by Department legal staff and that the matter was not to be discussed any further. As previously noted, OIG found no evidence that staff in the Office of the Legal Adviser reviewed or approved Secretary Clinton’s personal system. According to the other S/ES-IRM staff member who raised concerns about the server, the Director stated that the mission of S/ES-IRM is to support the Secretary and instructed the staff never to speak of the Secretary’s personal email system again.

The director referred to in OIG report is John Bentel. In 2010, he was the State Department employee who managed IT security issues for the top echelon of the department. He told FBI investigators those conversations back in 2010 never occurred. In March of 2016, Bentel refused to answer questions from Senate investigators and asserted his Fifth Amendment right 87 times during a deposition for a civil lawsuit related to Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

While it seems clear Ms. Almodovar knew about the @clintonemail.com server in 2010, there is no indication that the FBI, Washington Post or New York Times have interviewed her. The Washington Post clearly knew of the aforementioned section in the OIG report, but neglected to follow through on questioning.

Since there was no indication that either the mainstream media or the Justice Department was questioning Almodovar, Project Veritas Action sent a journalist as her about the truth of the issue. Here’s a partial transcript from that interview:

PV Journalist: I’m working on a story. I’m interested. I want to know the truth and I want to know if you’re one of the people who came, who went to John Bentel and said they were concerned about Hillary’s private server.

Almodovar: I don’t know anything about that.

PV Journalist: You weren’t involved in that at all?

Almodovar: You’ve got to stop this because this is like harassment.

PV Journalist: This will be the last time you see me. I just want to know the truth. I’m interested. I want to know if the FBI has talked to you.

Almodovar: No they haven’t.

PV Journalist: They haven’t at all…

…PV Journalist: I’m sure reporters and people have been coming to your door.

Almodovar: No. No one has come to the door. You’re the first one.

“Even though her name stands out in the emails released by the FBI, no one from the FBI ever spoke to Aldomovar,” said Project Veritas Action founder James O’Keefe. “No one interviewed her or made any attempt to get to the bottom of what information she might have about this case that is so important to national security. It made us wonder… who else the FBI neglected to talk with.”

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