The Hillary Clinton email saga took an unexpected twist this week when reports surfaced that a second technology company – Datto, Inc. – was used to back up Clinton’s private server. The FBI is now expanding their investigation to include the company, ordering them to preserve any and all data that might be connected to the former secretary of state’s email accounts.
Clinton did not contract Datto herself; the company was hired by Platte River Networks in May 2013 to help back up the server data. Their involvement in the scandal came to light after Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) sent a letter to Datto looking for more information. In the letter, Johnson quotes a Platte River employee who was highly suspicious about directives to limit data backups to a 30-day time span.
In August, the employee wrote to a co-worker, saying, “Starting to think this whole thing really is covering up some shaddy s**t.”
Welcome to the club.
Naturally, the Clinton campaign rushed to assure the world that this was just another example of that fabled right-wing conspiracy that is always hounding their girl. In a statement, Clinton’s people said that Johnson was “ripping a page from the House Benghazi Committee’s playbook and mounting his own, taxpayer-funded sham of an investigation with the sole purpose of attacking Hillary Clinton politically.”
Oh, no. No, no, no. See, this would be a taxpayer-funded scam:
This is, by contrast, a woman whose presidential dreams are once again slipping through her fingers:
And while she may hang on to her conspiracy notions until the bitter end, Republicans aren’t the only ones getting fed up with her obstructionist ways. The State Department this week instructed the former secretary to go back to her internet companies and find any emails that she hasn’t yet turned over.
“I ask that you confirm that, with regard to her tenure as secretary of state, former Secretary Clinton has provided the department with all federal records in her possession, regardless of their format or the domain on which they were stored or created, that may not otherwise be preserved in the department’s recordkeeping system,” said Patrick F. Kennedy, under secretary of state for management, in a letter to Clinton’s people.
This is like negotiating with a devious child. Did you clean your room? Yes, the room where you sleep. Yes, I mean under the bed and behind the dresser as well. Yes, that includes the dirty dishes.
And Clinton’s just staring back, wide-eyed and innocent. Oh, you wanted all the emails…now I get it.
How long before Clinton asks the State Department to clarify the definition of the word “is?” When they have their backs against the wall, Bill and Hillary can always find a window.