Congressional committees have voiced skepticism as to whether the 30,940 emails that the Democratic presidential candidate handed over represented all of her business emails.
The revelations caught the attention of Republican chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, who sent a letter to Datto requesting information about its role in maintaining the server. Its New Jersey-based server replaced the server in the basement of her New York home that handled her emails as secretary of state. The company hired an outside PR firm to deal with media requests after a company attorney stated, apparently falsely, that no backups of Clinton’s emails existed. They also sought to work with Datto “to find a way to move the saved information…back to Secretary Clinton’s private server”.
Then in August, 2015, a Platte River Networks employee wrote to a coworker that he was, “Starting to think this whole thing really is covering up a few shaddy (sic) s**t”.
Clinton’s server was syncing with Datto’s off-site server, a finding which one Platte River employee characterized as “a problem”.
Johnson said that means that “Datto apparently possessed a backup of the server’s contents since June 2013”.
The confusion comes from the fact that Datto was hired by Platte River and not the Clinton team, so the company had no idea it was backing up data for Clinton until August of this year when company officials read news reports about Platte River having the high-profile contract.
Because of the security implications involved in handling Clinton’s emails, Platte River instructed Datto to not delete the data.
“Despite these communications, it is unclear whether or not this course of action was followed”, Johnson said. ‘Additionally, questions still remain as to whether Datto actually transferred the data from its off-site datacenter to the on-site server, what data was backed up, and whether Datto wiped the data after it was transferred’.
Johnson wrote to Datto seeking more information about their dealings with Platte River Networks and Clinton Executive Service Corp.
Her campaign said she no longer had access to those messages.
Johnson’s letter also provides evidence that Datto may have copies of Clinton emails, raising hopes that the records could be compared to the 55,000 pages of documents Clinton turned over in December. Clinton has said none of the emails were marked classified during her tenure.
Michael Fass, general counsel at Datto, would only comment on the company’s general decision to cooperate with the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe. Now, the State Department wants Clinton to go back to her Internet company to recover messages from any personal accounts she may have had. Even Bill Clinton’s former press officer Dee Dee Myers admitted she covered for the first lady. The State Department, however, doesn’t seem so sure about that. “Furthermore, we asked the IG to incorporate this matter into the review Secretary Kerry requested in March”.
The FBI’s probe into the security of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s email has expanded to include a second private technology company, which said Tuesday it plans to provide the law enforcement agency with data it preserved from Clinton’s account.
However, the Obama administration has discovered an email chain between Clinton and retired Gen. David Petraeus that shows Clinton was using her private email account to conduct business by January 28, 2009.