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Smith, With Support of Johnson, Issues Subpoenas to Hillary Clinton’s Private Email Server Companies

Aug 22, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee issued subpoenas today with the support of U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, to three companies that provided software and services to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that played a role in maintaining her private email server. This bicameral effort builds on the request for information sent to the companies on July 12 by both Smith and Johnson.

“Companies providing services to Secretary Hillary Clinton’s private email account and server are not above the law,” said Smith.  “These companies have failed to comply with our committee’s 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. The committee is issuing subpoenas to obtain the information necessary to answer questions about the structure and security of the email system and whether or not the cybersecurity standards and measures used to protect information stored on Secretary Clinton’s private server were in accord with NIST standards.  The committee is also concerned about the preservation of the records on Secretary Clinton’s private server.  Our committee plans to provide the American people with the transparency they deserve from our government leaders and the systems used to secure operations.”

“I strongly support Chairman Smith’s decision to subpoena the three companies, which is why I co-signed the cover letter accompanying each subpoena,” said Johnson. “The companies have direct and unique knowledge of her private server and email account. The information being sought is a crucial step in bringing greater transparency to Secretary Clinton’s ‘extremely careless’ — I would call it dangerously reckless and grossly negligent — email practices. I hope the information we will obtain will inform policy changes that can prevent similar misconduct in the future.”

Full copies of the letters can be found here:

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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