Platte River Networks is under the microscope again, this time by a leading House member who has asked the Justice Department to investigate whether an employee deleted emails from Hillary’s server after Congress told the company to preserve all those messages.
Did those employees or Hillary herself violate the law by destructing evidence? That’s what U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, has asked top law enforcement to investigate.
The investigation request is based on conflicting accounts from a Platte River Networks, as to whether they followed orders from the Clinton camp to delete e-mails in December 2014 or January 2015 and also to modify the period in which emails were retained.
This is all new information, revealed in FBI documents last week. According to the Washington Post:
The Platte River employee told FBI agents that sometime in the week that followed, he realized he had not made the changes (Clinton aide Cheryl) Mills requested months earlier – though he gave varying stories as to what happened next. The employee first said he did not recall making deletions based upon his realization, but in a later interview said he had an “Oh, s—” moment and deleted a Hillary Clinton email archive using a program called BleachBit, which is designed to prevent recovery.
Mills had — on March 9 — sent the employee an e-mail referencing the Benghazi committee’s preservation request. But the employee gave varying accounts to the FBI as to his receipt and comprehension of the document. He first told investigators he did not recall seeing it, then later said he was aware of it and the fact that it meant he should not disturb Clinton’s email data when he made the deletions, according to the FBI summary.
Platte River insists that they did not treat Clinton differently than any other client, and that all security precautions were in place.
However, that does not answer the key question: Did the company do as the client asked and delete some old emails?
Unless Trump is elected president and new management installed in the Justice Department, we suspect we will never know.