After the unveiling of the State Department Inspector General’s report last week, Hillary Clinton’s private emails and server have once again become headline news. However, voters seem to not care if Hillary is criminally indicted. But voters should care, because this is actually not the first time the Clintons have been involved in an email/server scandal.
During Bill Clinton’s presidency in the White House, a “glitch” (or person) turned off an automatic email archiving system which caused the loss of around one million emails. The emails that disappeared were the same ones U.S. Solicitor Kenneth Starr was subpoenaing for in the Monica Lewinsky scandal. This was per Congress’ request for the investigation. Coincidentally, the lost emails were from the server that controlled the email accounts of President Clinton and other vital witnesses in the Lewinsky scandal. And the people who discovered the emails were missing? They were threatened with jail time if they spoke about the loss.
The House Oversight Committee report (Release Date: Dec. 2000):
The White House installed an Automated Records Management System (ARMS) to store all email correspondence in one central place, and make it easier to respond to document subpoenas. Due to a misconfiguration in the system, e-mail to about 500 White House officials was never recorded. E-mail was first discovered missing in January 1998, but the extent of the problem was not realized until later that year.
Top White House officials were notified in June. Despite the fact that e-mail was being subpoenaed in a number of civil and criminal cases, including the Lewinsky affair and the Filegate scandal, the White House did not notify investigators that some of it was missing. In mid-February 2000, the ex-chief of White House computer operations, Sheryl Hall who had moved to the Treasury Dept. came forward with allegations that Clinton administration officials were involved in an e-mail cover-up. Betty Lambuth, working for a private employer under contract to the White House, charged that White House technicians had been threatened with loss of job, arrest, and jail if they revealed the problem.
The White House immediately filed a responding statement after the report, saying the problem was due to an unintentional ‘glitch’ and blamed it on ‘human error,’ attributing the problem to a ‘disconnect’ between technicians and lawyers who did not realize the computer mistake affected the pending subpoena requests. Robert Haas audited the WH system in June 1998 because he and other technicians discovered the automated archiving system wasn’t scanning and storing Internet e-mail sent to the server of the Executive Office of the President. Haas’ superior, Betty Lambuth who worked for Northrop Grumman as a contractor to maintain the White House computer system, reported this to the White House. Lambuth then testified the following under oath: “Office of Administration counsel Mark Lindsay told [me] that if I or any of my team who knew about the e-mail problem told anyone else about it we would lose our jobs, be arrested and put in jail.”
Lambuth said Lindsay specified she was not to tell even her private-sector boss, Steve Hawkins, who she said eventually fired her from the White House assignment when she refused to inform him about the e-mail problem. Lambuth said she and her co-workers dubbed the e-mail problem ”Project X.” Because of the threats, she and her staff took to private meetings in a park and a nearby Starbucks when discussing the e-mail matter.
Another Northrop Grumman contractor, Joseph Vasta, testified about how the Clinton-Gore White House intimidated him into participating in the e-mail cover-up. “Vasta testified that it was made apparent that Northrop Grumman could lose its $50 million contract if it didn’t play ball with the Clinton-Gore White House,” said the report.
Here’s the catch of it all: only one server, Mail2, was “compromised” in losing all the e-mails in this scandal. The officials who operated the daily functions of President Bill Clinton’s server have deep ties to Hillary today, like John Podesta who is now managing and running her presidential campaign, and Sid Blumenthal and Cheryl Mills who are under investigation for involvement with Hillary’s current email scandal.
News about “Project X” began to fade in October 2000 as the country approached the presidential election between Al Gore and George W. Bush– perhaps, because liberal mediums were trying to protect then-Vice President Gore as he campaigned for a promotion (which sounds like the current Clinton email case; the leftist media, like the New York Times, is doing their best to cover up the scandal).
Even more troubling, neither the documents examined nor a subsequent internet search turned up any mention of the Project X emails dealing with the possible Bill Clinton White House scandals; and they have never been recovered and turned over to the national archives. Looks like email cover ups seem to run in the family…