An employee of Platte River Networks, the Colorado tech company that managed Hillary Clinton’s private server, worried they were inadvertently “covering up some shaddy [sic] shit” by heeding Clinton’s request to reduce the number of e-mails stored on the server, according to a letter from Senate Homeland Security Committee chairman Ron Johnson (R., Wis.).
Johnson’s letter, first reported by McClatchy, quotes a series of e-mails between Platte River employees late this summer, as the Clinton e-mail scandal continued to rage. One worker noticed that Clinton’s representatives had twice instructed the small tech company to significantly reduce the amount of e-mail data being stored each time it backed up the server.
“This whole thing really is covering up some shaddy [sic] shit,” the unidentified employee wrote, worried that Platte River Networks could be blamed. “If we have it in writing that they told us to cut the backups, and then we can go public with our statement saying we have had backups since day one, then were told to trim to 30 days, it would make us look a WHOLE LOT better.”
Johnson said it is unclear whether the server-backup files retained by Datto still exist. Clinton has said she deleted more than 31,000 personal e-mails after turning over all her professional messages to the State Department last December. The potential existence of another source of Clinton’s electronic correspondence raises the possibility that many of these personal e-mails still exist, and could eventually be released.
— Brendan Bordelon is a political reporter for National Review.