Perhaps the most significant news from the FBI’s pre-Labor Day document release was the revelation that Team Clinton began wiping Hillary’s server shortly after the New York Times broke the story that she had one. As I noted here, the Times revealed in early March that Clinton used a private email server. The wiping occurred later that month.
There’s more to the story, though. Almost immediately after the Times’ report appeared, Congress issued a document preservation order to Team Clinton. It seems that the Clintonistas had the server wiped clean of documents in defiance of that order.
Fox News’ Catherine Herridge, appearing just now on Brit Hume’s show (how nice it is that Hume is back), presented the following timeline:
March 2 – the New York Times reports the existence of Clinton’s private server
March 3-4 – Congress issues the document preservation order to the Clinton team
March 9 – Platte River, the IT firm handling the server, receives the preservation order
March 25 – Clinton lawyers David Kendall and Cheryl Mills hold a conference call with Platte River
March 31 – Platte River deletes the back-up of Clinton’s emails
If this timeline is accurate, it strongly suggests that Clinton’s lawyers obstructed justice by instructing Platte River to delete emails in the face of an order by Congress not to do so.
According to Herridge, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform plans to subpoena key personnel from Platte River to testify about the matter. If its key witnesses answer and answer honestly, we should learn whether the key fourth piece of the time line – the conference call — took place on the date indicated. If the witnesses refuse to appear or answer, that will be revealing too.
Apparently, the committee hopes to get this testimony by the end of the month. If anything, the pace of new stories about the Clinton email scandal seems likely to intensify as we approach the election.