WASHINGTON, D.C. (sentinel.ht) – Hillary Clinton, and persons working on her behalf, appear to have destroyed material while that material was under subpoena and a preservation order by the U.S. Congress.
Mishandling classified information, pay-to-play, perjury, among others are some of the charges Clinton has been facing. Playing dumb, forgetful and ill-stricken has made charging her difficult but now a more serious charge, with evidence in the public domain, lays in wait.
With the release of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) notes of the investigation into Mrs. Clinton’s private homebrew email server came, “a sequence of events that may amount to obstruction of justice and destruction of evidence by Secretary Clinton” and the people around her, wrote House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz in a letter to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia on Tuesday.
Chaffetz wrote, “in light of this information, the Department should investigate and determine whether Secretary Clinton or her employees and contractors violated statutes that prohibit destruction of records, obstruction of congressional inquiries, and concealment or cover up of evidence material to a congressional investigation.
Sequence of Events
Here is a shortened timeline of the month of March 2015:
March 2, 2015: New York Times publishes an article revealing that Hillary Clinton used a private email server for the entire time she was Secretary of State.
March 3, 2015: The Benghazi Committee sent preservation orders to Secretary Clinton and the domain name registrar and internet service providers used by Secretary Clinton.
March 4, 2015: The Benghazi Committee issued a subpeona to Secretary Clinton for four categories of documents related to the Benghazi attacks.
March 9, 2015: Platte River Networks staff learn of the preservation order.
March 10, 2015: Secretary Clinton holds a press conference about her private email servers during which she made numerous claims subsequently refuted by the FBI, including that she “provided all [her] emails that could possibly be work related.”
March 25, 2015: Secretary Clinton’s team, including attorneys, held a conference call with the Platte River Networks engineer who maintained the server. This engineer, in subsequent FBI interviews, asserted the Fifth Amendment or attorney-client privilege when interviewed by the FBI.
March 31, 2015: A work ticket was created at Platte River Networks.
March 31, 2015: The Platte River Networks engineer had deleted copies of Clinton’s entire email archive using a software called Bleackbit to digitally shred the archives several times over ensuring they could never be recovered.
“In brief, the summaries of the FBI’s interviews with a PRN engineer show that within days of a conference call with Secretary Clinton’s lawyers, the engineer deleted archives of Secretary Clinton’s emails, despite knowing those records were covered by preservation orders and a subpoena from Congress,” a separate letter from the Committee states. “The sequence of events leading up to the destruction of Secretary Clinton’s emails… raises questions about whether Secretary Clinton, acting through her attorneys, instructed PRN to destroy records relevant to the then-ongoing congressional investigations.”