Hillary Clinton’s email problems are taking on a whole new twist. Her lawyers have agreed to give the online backups of her emails made through an Internet “cloud” storage system to the FBI, and the Senate Homeland Security committee has also asked to see these files.
Employees of the Platte River computer company – the company that stored one of Clinton’s email servers stored in the bathroom of a Denver apartment – recently realized that it was still communicating with an offsite backup server managed by a Connecticut firm called Datto, Inc., according to a report by the McClatchy news service.
One potentially confusing aspect of the Clinton email fiasco is that she was using several different machines to store her personal email account. The one stored by Platte River is the one she used during most of her tenure as Secretary of State.
Internal company memos cited by Senate Homeland Security chairman Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) show that a Platte River employee immediately realized, “this is a problem.” Platte River contacted Datto, told them not to delete any Clinton server backups, and set about attempting to recover the saved information, which probably includes the 30,000+ emails Clinton deleted in defiance of subpoenas, because she decided they were mere “personal” communications.
Johnson also described how Clinton representatives directed Platte River employees to begin cutting back the volume of email information preserved by their own in-house backups. These requests seem to coincide with the beginning of the Clinton email scandal, when the State Department realized it couldn’t meet Freedom of Information Act requests because it was missing all of Madame Secretary’s correspondence, and asked her to supply those documents.
One employee of the computer company remarked in an email that “this whole thing really is covering up some shaddy s**t,” misspelling the word “shady.”
Realizing that their inability to produce more comprehensive copies of Clinton’s data to law enforcement personnel would make their company appear complicit in a cover-up, Platte River employees began looking for documented requests by Clinton operatives to scale down backup operations. “If we have it in writing that they told us to cut the backups, and that we can go public with our statement saying we have had backups since day one, then we were told to trim to 30 days, it would make us look a WHOLE LOT better,” read one of Platte River’s internal emails.
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