Hillary Clinton’s technology company tapped a Connecticut-based firm to back up copies of her personal and work-related emails shortly after she left the State Department, creating confusion among the contractors she had already hired to manage her existing server.
Datto’s work on the Clinton email system became public Tuesday when the Republican chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee sent the company a lengthy letter seeking information about the role it and other firms played in managing the Clinton email system. The email – which would have been sent after the State Department asked Clinton to turn over her emails – reportedly advised Platte River to save only emails sent within the most recent 30 days.
In a letter Monday to Datto Inc., the Norwalk, Conn., technology firm that transferred her emails to cloud-based storage, Sen.
While setting up its server for Clinton, Platte River retained Datto to set up a virtual backup server that could provide immediate recovery if the primary server failed, Johnson said in his letter.
As Datto was backing up the email server data and properly storing it off site, Clinton’s staff showed frustration and annoyance because it seemed they didn’t want certain data to be backed up and stored.
Then this past August, 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”.
That implies that Datto’s servers had backups of Clinton’s emails dating back to June 2013.
The discovery that Clinton’s server was syncing with the Datto network strengthens the possibility that investigators will be able to recover the roughly 30,000 emails Clinton said she deleted past year. Numerous employees admitted that they felt unease and serious concern with regard to how they were being directed to manage Clinton’s data backups.
Earlier this year, Clinton’s office said that she did not begin using the private account, Clintonemail.com, until the middle of March 2009.
‘Despite these communications, it is unclear whether or not this course of action was followed, ‘ Johnson wrote.
“If we had that email we are golden”, the employee wrote.
Clinton says she never sent or received classified information, and a State Department review of her emails so far proves that is true – but more than 400 of her emails have been retroactively classified and many messages are redacted in part.
It was here that the Platte River employee voiced suspicions about a cover-up and sought to protect the company.
The department has sent a letter to Clinton’s lawyer David Kendall, asking Clinton to search for and hand over any relevant emails that she has yet to give them, CBS News confirms.
The story corrects the date the AP reported the chain of emails between Clinton and Petraeus to September 25, not October. 25. “We have also informed Congress of this matter”.
Her campaign said she no longer had access to those messages.
The request came in the first major hearing in the case, raising the question of whether Clinton had official approval from the agency to use her own account and server.
A spokesmen for the Federal Bureau of Investigation did not respond late Tuesday to requests for comment.