Install with devtools::install_github() fails to open URL

So I am trying to install RemixAutoML on my work computer. 443 is open etc. I am following the step 1 script from

I get an error of cannot open URL Error in utils::download.file()

> for (i in to_install) {
+   message(paste("looking for ", i))
+   if(i == "catboost" & !requireNamespace(i)) {
+     devtools::install_github('catbo .... [TRUNCATED] 
looking for  catboost
Loading required namespace: catboost
Failed with error:  ‘there is no package called ‘catboost’’
Downloading GitHub repo catboost/catboost@master
Error in utils::download.file(url, path, method = download_method(), quiet = quiet,  : 
  cannot open URL ''
> sessionInfo()
R version 3.5.3 (2019-03-11)
Platform: x86_64-w64-mingw32/x64 (64-bit)
Running under: Windows 10 x64 (build 17763)

Matrix products: default

[1] LC_COLLATE=English_United States.1252  LC_CTYPE=English_United States.1252   
[3] LC_MONETARY=English_United States.1252 LC_NUMERIC=C                          
[5] LC_TIME=English_United States.1252    

attached base packages:
[1] stats     graphics  grDevices utils     datasets  methods   base     

other attached packages:
[1] usethis_1.5.0  devtools_2.0.2

loaded via a namespace (and not attached):
 [1] Rcpp_1.0.1        ps_1.3.0          prettyunits_1.0.2 rprojroot_1.3-2  
 [5] withr_2.1.2       digest_0.6.19     crayon_1.3.4      assertthat_0.2.1 
 [9] R6_2.4.0          backports_1.1.4   magrittr_1.5      rlang_0.3.4      
[13] cli_1.1.0         curl_3.3          fs_1.3.1          remotes_2.0.4    
[17] rstudioapi_0.10   callr_3.2.0       desc_1.2.0        tools_3.5.3      
[21] glue_1.3.1        pkgload_1.0.2     compiler_3.5.3    processx_3.3.1   
[25] pkgbuild_1.0.3    sessioninfo_1.1.1 memoise_1.1.0    
> remotes:::has_curl()
[1] TRUE
> remotes:::download_method()
[1] "libcurl"
> getOption("download.file.method")
[1] "libcurl

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