Paul Combetta, an IT specialist who helped Hillary Clinton wipe her server clean of evidence requested from federal authorities, took to online forums to find advice on how to commit the crime.
Combetta cited his Fifth Amendment rights in refusing to answer questions before a congressional committee last week, but was pretty talkative when trying to find out information from fellow IT experts on how to forge Clinton’s e-mails.
Under a posting on 8chan titled “Here is clear proof that Hillary sought to destroy evidence,” Combetta can be seen posting under a username he uses multiple times across multiple platforms, ‘stonetear.’
In a screenshot of the discussion, Combetta (or stonetear) can be seen telling others “I need to strip out a VIP’s (VERY VIP) email address from a bunch of archived emails.”
Presumably, that VIP would be Secretary of State Clinton.
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) September 19, 2016
Later on in the thread, Combetta asks if there’s a way to “rewrite” the e-mails for his ‘VIP.’
One user tries to warn Combetta that changing the e-mails is not possible as it “could result in major legal issues.”
— Katica (@GOPPollAnalyst) September 19, 2016
As word began circulating that Combetta had been caught red-handed asking how to illegally forge Hillary’s e-mails, the man known as ‘stonetear’ began deleting his messages on the forum.
Twitter user Erik Jones took video in which he refreshed his screen to show the messages disappearing. Watch …
— Erik Jones (@SMOKeMON_TRAINR) September 19, 2016