Elizabeth Trudeau (Credit: C-SPAN)
In December 2015, Politico reported that the State Department cannot a “.pst file” containing the emails from Bryan Pagliano during Clinton’s four-year tenure as secretary of state. Pagliano worked as a State Department computer technician while also managing Clinton’s personal email server. (Politico, 12/11/2015)
The department continued to search, but six months later, State Department spokesperson Elizabeth Trudeau says, “The department has searched for Mr. Pagliano’s email .pst file and has not located one that covers the time period of Secretary Clinton’s tenure. To be clear, the department does have records related to Mr. Pagliano and we are working with Congress and FOIA [Freedom of Information Act] requesters to provide relevant material. The department has located a .pst from Mr. Pagliano’s recent work at the department as a contractor, but the files are from after Secretary Clinton left the department.” She further explains that a small number of Pagliano’s emails have been recovered, apparently from other email accounts.
Although Clinton released over 30,000 work-related emails, only one of them was to or from Pagliano, an email in which he wished her a happy birthday. In 2015, the Republican National Committee (RNC) filed a FOIA lawsuit for all of Pagliano’s emails. (ABC News, 5/9/2016)