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Smith, Johnson Request Additional Materials on Hillary Clinton’s Private Server

Sep 9, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON -  U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, and U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today sent a letter to Attorney General Lynch requesting additional materials necessary to further their oversight of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account and server during her time at the State Department. Today’s letter requests unclassified and unredacted copies of interview notes and any accompanying materials for interviews of Bryan Pagliano, Justin Cooper, and all Platte River Networks employees obtained during the course of the FBI’s investigation into the security of Secretary Clinton’s private server by September 15. 

“Materials released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on September 2, 2016, raise significant questions about the security of Secretary Clinton’s server, including how her aides tasked with managing her server ensured that our nation’s most sensitive national security information stored on her server was not compromised,” the letter states.

“The FBI stated in its report that ‘investigative limitations, including the FBI’s inability to obtain all mobile devices and various computer components associated with Clinton’s personal email systems, prevented the FBI from conclusively determining whether the classified information transmitted and stored on Clinton’s personal server systems was compromised via cyber intrusion or other means.’  This admission not only raises questions about the breadth of the review the FBI was able to undertake, but also whether Clinton aides attempted to destroy evidence to avoid answering questions about her private email and server arrangement in the event her unique arrangement was exposed,” the letter continues.

The information requested in today’s letter is crucial to furthering the committees’ understanding of Secretary Clinton’s private server and informing policy changes to prevent similar arrangements in the future.

Today’s letter can be found here.

Background

Smith issued the subpoenas with the support of U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, after the companies failed to comply with the Science Committee’s voluntary request for documents and interviews that would provide information critical to understanding Secretary Clinton’s private server and informing policy changes in how to prevent similar email arrangements in the future.

Smith’s subpoenas built on July 12 bicameral efforts to request information and earlier investigations initiated separately by Chairman Smith and Chairman Johnson.

Full copies of the August 22 letters can be found below:

Letter to Mr. Austin McChord, CEO, Datto, Inc.

Letter to Mr. Victor Nappe, CEO, SECNAP Network Security Corp.

Letter to Mr. Treve Suazo, CEO, Platte River Networks

Full copies of the July 12 letters can be found below:
Letter to Mr. Austin McChord, CEO, Datto, Inc.
Letter to Mr. Victor Nappe, CEO, SECNAP Network Security Corp.
Letter to Mr. Treve Suazo, CEO, Platte River Networks

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