Hillary Clinton’s email problems are escalating. When her aides deleted her emails, no doubt under her orders, they may have obstructed justice according to the top investigator for the U.S. House charged Tuesday in a letter asking the federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C., to probe the matter.
Hillary hired a computer team to erase thousands of emails, even though there was a subpoena and preservation order from Congress, according to the FBI’s investigative notes that were released last week.
According to the Washington Times, the mass-deletion came just days after Platte River Networks, the company Mrs. Clinton hired to handle her server, had a conference call with Mrs. Clinton’s lawyers, who had been in charge of going through the emails, said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee.
Mr. Chaffetz said that timeline deserves a followup investigation.
“In light of this information, the Department should investigate and determine whether Secretary Clinton or her employees and contractors violated statutes that prohibit destruction of records, obstruction of congressional inquiries, and concealment or cover up of evidence material to a congressional investigation,” he wrote to the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia.
The timeline on Mrs. Clinton’s emails continues to raise more questions about her behavior.
She used a secret email account tied to a server she kept at her home in New York for all of her State Department email business, including handling classified messages, and she did not turn over the documents when she left the department in early 2013, as required by law.
After prodding by Congress, she belatedly had her lawyers review subject lines and conduct word searches to sort through her emails, and decided some 30,000 were personal, while 32,000 others were work-related.
She turned the work-related ones over to the government in December 2014.
News of her secret account became public in a New York Times story in early March, and weeks later her aides went back and erased the messages she deemed private.
Since then, the FBI has recovered nearly 15,000 of those messages and deemed thousands of them to be work-related.