The State Department told the Republican National Committee that it could not find any emails to or from Hillary Clinton’s former IT specialist, who managed her private email server during her tenure as secretary of state before going on to work for the agency, according to a court filing made public Monday.
The government’s revelation in U.S. District Court in Washington came in answer to a lawsuit by the Republican National Committee. The RNC 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 as America’s top diplomat. 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.