By Jon Hall
Out of the 30,490 e-mails on Hillary Clinton’s unauthorized home e-mail server, all but four of them were forwarded to a private Gmail address appearing to show the name of a Chinese company, according to recently released documents.
The documents reveal that nearly every e-mail sent and received to Clinton’s server was also sent to “CarterHeavyIndustries@Gmail.com”. The Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) investigator, Frank Rucker, noticed the irregularity. Taking to Google, he searched for “Carter Heavy Industries” which came up with results of a Chinese manufacturer of heavy machinery and excavators, Shandong Carter Heavy Industry Co., Ltd.
According to Rucker, he and ICIG attorney, Jeanette McMillian reported the findings to the FBI in February of 2016. The meeting included Peter Strzok, who had taken over as the section chief heading the Clinton probe. Strzok didn’t ask many questions and was “aloof and dismissive”, Rucker told Congress.
Interestingly, despite Rucker and McMillian sharing their findings to top brass at the FBI, Inspector General Michael Horowitz did not address or include it in his 568-page report on how the Clinton e-mail probe was handled by the FBI and DOJ.
However, the newly released documents do include the findings of Horowitz’s inquiry into the matter.
Horowitz details that the Carter Heavy Industries e-mail account was created in 2012 by Platte River Networks – where Hillary Clinton’s I.T. manager, Paul Combetta worked. Allegedly, Combetta created the Carter Heavy Industries e-mail to serve as a “dummy e-mail”. Combetta used the e-mail to transfer messages archived on Clinton’s private server to the Platte River Networks server in 2014.
The question remains with what Combetta did with the account between 2012 and 2014 and who else had access to it before and after the transfer. Combetta’s lawyer told Horowitz that the Carter Heavy Industries was a “made-up name” and that the e-mail account had no connection to Shandong Carter Heavy Industry Co., Ltd.
Speaking to Congress, ICIG attorney Jeanette McMillian specified that her understanding of the Carter Heavy Industries e-mail address that it was a “drop box” where the e-mails from the Clinton server were sent in real time.
“Even if you didn’t address an email to this address, the email went to it anyway,” McMillian said.
Horowitz’s final thoughts on Combetta’s assertions found that there was no evidence to contradict his claims:
Accordingly, other than the similarity discussed above between the dummy email address and the name of a Chinese company identified by the former ICIG analyst and former Inspector General McCullough during a Google search, the ICIG and the DOJ OIG are unaware of any information that links Combetta or the dummy email address that he created with the Chinese government or a Chinese-owned company.
Years after the fact, and it’s been revealed that Clinton’s personal use of her home server was completely unsecure and wide open, with her incoming and outgoing e-mails even being transposed to a dropbox. Gross negligence and corruption reek from both Hillary and Bill Clinton but truly, if accountability were to ever return to U.S. politics, our storied institutions such as the FBI would not insulate Hillary’s crimes from being brought to justice – but instead, prosecute and hold them responsible.
For now, independent media covers and unearths each horrible new detail – since legacy outlets don’t bother to, instead brushing them under the rug.