Hillary Clinton may have thought that by hiring a small-time data firm twelve states away from where she lived was the key to keeping Republicans from scanning through her email, but the FBI wasn’t dumb enough to stop at a single backup server.
A second private technology company, Datto, based in Connecticut, also, apparently, has several months or weeks (or, perhaps, even years) worth of Hillary Clinton’s backup data. That means that even though Platte River, her original company, may have deleted all remaining information off her basement server, there might still be some record of at least part of her server use.
The FBI’s probe into the security of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s e-mail has expanded to include a second private technology company, which said Tuesday it plans to provide the law enforcement agency with data it preserved from Clinton’s account.
The additional data, provided by Connecticut-based Datto Inc., could open a new avenue for investigators interested in recovering e-mails deleted by the former secretary of state — now the Democratic presidential front-runner — that have caught the interest of GOP lawmakers.
Datto’s work on the Clinton e-mail system became public Tuesday when the Republican chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee sent the company a lengthy letter seeking information about the role it and other firms played in managing the Clinton e-mail system.
Platte River appears to have hired Datto for additional information backup, and paid for use of Datto’s storage cloud. Datto, which is cooperating with the FBI, will be turning over a node that helps store data for its cloud, so that the FBI can review it for any trace of classified information. As long as the emails existed in 2013 and weren’t altered in any way following Datto’s acquisition, a lot of Clinton’s information could still be left on the cloud.
In other bad news for the Democrats’ presumptive nominee, it appears at least one Clinton staffer shared classified information with the Clinton Foundation. So even if Datto fails to turn over any evidence, maybe Cheryl Mills can.
I’m an odd duck in that I think, over the course of the next few weeks, things will only get worse for Hillary Clinton. Call me optimistic, but even Kevin McCarthy’s ill-timed statements, which are being flogged by Democrats for their value in exonerating Hillary Clinton and by Republicans for the value in indicting a potential candidate for House Speaker, can’t explain away an FBI investigation that keeps turning up more information, at least not to the general public who may not even be aware that Kevin McCarthy is a person at all. Even as Hillary Clinton laughs off her forthcoming testimony in front of the Benghazi committee, her numbers are sinking in the most liberal of polls, as her “untrustworthiness” score inches over 60 in key early-primary states.