The State Department said on Monday it cannot locate Bryan Pagliano's emails during the time frame in which he was a senior technology staffer under Hillary Clinton.
Pagliano would have been required to turn over any official communications from his work account before he left the government. State Department officials say he had an official email account, but that they can't find any of those records he would have turned over and continue to search for them.
“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,” State Department spokesman Elizabeth Trudeau said.
“To be clear, the Department does have records related to Mr. Pagliano and we are working with Congress and [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," Trudeau added.
Trudeau clarified to ABC News that while they do not have his original .pst file, they have some "small amount" of recovered emails.
The State Departments remarks were in response to the RNC FOIA request for all of Pagliano's email as well as Clinton's Blackberry and text communications.
Pagliano was the IT staffer who set up Clinton's homebrewed email server. He has been granted immunity by the Justice Department in regard to the investigation of Hillary Clinton's email scandal.
“It’s hard to believe that an IT staffer who set up Hillary Clinton’s reckless email server never sent or received a single work-related email in the four years he worked at the State Department," the RNC's Deputy Communications Director, Raj Shah, said in a statement to ABC News. "Such records might shed light on his role in setting up Clinton’s server, and why he was granted immunity by the FBI. But it seems that his emails were either destroyed or never turned over, adding yet another layer to the secrecy surrounding his role.”